Surreal Artwork by Deborah Hamon Combines Photography & Painting In Photoshop

Deborah Hamon Art
above: Deborah Hamon’s The Game combines a painted figure with a photographic background.

41 year old artist Deborah Hamon, born in Adelaide, Australia and now living and working in Marin County (my own home town), was recently named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch and has been featured in New American Paintings, Israel’s Picnic magazine, Flak photo, has a permanent piece (Wonderland) in the prestigious Crocker Bank Art Museum Collection, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and mentions.

Deborah Hamon Art


above: The artist, Deborah, in her studio, alongside Queen of The Hill (also shown below):
Queen_of_the_Hill

Her unusual work consists of both ‘constructed’ photography and complete paintings. Her surreal photos (c-prints) combine a study of fiction and reality, placing flat graphic painted figures (almost always girls) usually confronting the viewer, with photographic backgrounds of exterior settings. She uses Photoshop to construct her photographs with figures from her paintings.


above: detail of Forever and Ever shows the contrast of the painted figure with the photographed tree, combined in Photoshop.

Here are a few examples of her Constructed Photography.

Facade:
Facade
Forever and Ever:
Forever_and_Ever
Grandma’s House:
Grandmas_House
Huff and Puff:
Huff_and_Puff
Manicured:
Manicured
Sandtrap:
Sandtrap
Snowbound:
Snowbound1
Tree Fairy:
Tree_Fairy
Walkabout:
Walkabout
Wonderland:
Wonderland

It seems as though her photographs have received more attention than her paintings, likely because of the unusual combining of media. But, as you will see from the images below, her large acrylic paintings which consist of similar subject matter, are also very compelling and thoughtfully rendered.

Here are a few examples of her acrylic paintings:
Poolside:
Poolside
Cowgirls and Butterflies:
Cowgirls_and_Butterflies
Rope Swing:
Rope_Swing
He Loves me, He Loves me Not:
He_Loves_Me
Haven:
Haven
Red Arrow:
Red_Arrow
Victory:
Victory

See more of her work at Deborah Hamon

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