Words by Cheats

If you haven’t noticed, RVA artist Hamilton Glass has been on a tear in 2013. Mural after mural, the artist known as HAM? has been leaving his mark all over RVA with his signature structured style and though provoking images. As HAM? prepares to show new canvas work for the first time since 2010, I caught up with the fam to check-in and find out what to expect from Between the Lines on July 2, 2013 at the LOVE RVA GALLERY (202 West Broad Street).  RSVP for the show HERE!   

I’m very excited about your upcoming gallery show, Between the Lines, tell me what excites you about the upcoming show?

The show “Between the lines” is my latest conviction to myself that art/creativity is what I’m born to do. It’s also a celebration of me excepting the evolution of my work and coming into my own style. Unlike past shows, I have complete creative control on what and how I show my work. I finally feel like I have enough of a following for people to understand my work as well.

Timing is very important when considering showing new work, why is the timing right for you now?

The timing with this show just falls at a great time in my life where I’ve decided to make a go at being a full time artist. It’s something I’ve been looking to do ever since I first showed my work in 2009 but never really had the confidence to truly pursue.  Another interesting aspect to the timing of this show is that I have not shown new canvas work publicly since 2010. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been so caught up with mural and commission work that I hadn’t taken the time to produce work of my own.


How is Between the Lines different from your other gallery shows?

The Between the Lines show will be a lot different from any show I’ve ever done just by the pure evolution of my work. I feel as though I am a bit more conscious of who I am as a artist, which in turn makes me a stronger artist. I’m designing the show from top to bottom, which will include several new works and an installation which shows my appreciation to Love RVA gallery for hosting my work.

In 2013, you’ve made the decision to focus on art full-time, how did you come to that decision and how has that decision influenced your approach to art?

This year my company downsized their staff which gave me the opportunity to go after my dream of being a full time artist. So far it has been a blessing in disguise and I could not be happier with the way things have turned out. Having more time to create and work on bigger projects has helped me develop my identity as an artist.


Pedal Power image by Marc Schmidt (1eyephotography)

What do you have planned for the rest of the summer?

Really excited about the rest of the summer. I’m looking forward to doing a couple of community murals around the city along with my participation in the 2013 Street Art Festival. I’m also looking to push some mural work outside of RVA sometime soon.  All in all the goal is to keep moving and evolving.


Make sure to follow HAM? on Facebook and RSVP for Between the Lines at RVA LOVE GALLERY On July 2, 2013!

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