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David Hampton

Visual Arts Studio

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Closed: 7 January 2015

Suite 4, Upstairs, 111 Hunter St

David Hampton is a full time Fine Art honours student, part time hobby shop worker, and full time bore. He is most succinctly described as a collection of obscure pop culture references and bookish affectations held together by a woollen coat. Even on very hot days….

We asked David to tell us more about his work:

Living in the age of the steam engine and the straw hat has afforded me an artistic practice full of old-fashioned wonders, from locomotives and dirigibles to paddle steamers and submersible boats. Drawing inspiration from a life long fascination with machinery and speculative fiction, I create prints and books that could be described as existing somewhere between Victorian illustration, psychedelica and technical drawing. I have had two solo exhibitions, both at Watt Space-the student gallery of the University of Newcastle.

David is part of a trio of artists sharing a studio space above the Teahouse – what’s it like?

My first response to the space was that we should furnish the room to look like the interior of a Victorian submarine. Trine and Rebecca looked at me in disgust. They were right to do so…

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?

I’m too young to remember a time when Newcastle’s streets were busy, the shops were open and the trains were always full. So being involved in something that might help bring that about again sounded like a fantastic idea. I also needed a space to work, a space that was larger than my room at home but not as large as a Zeppelin hanger. The room at The Hive Studios represents a most reasonable compromise between those two points…

What are you doing in your new space? Drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing, reading railway magazines, drawing, making badges, listening to Doctor Who radio plays, drawing, drawing, drawing, making books, asking studio buddies Bec and Trine what they are doing (pretend to be interested) drawing and drawing. Will probably eat biscuits and sweets as well…

Keep up to date with David’s activity here on his blog Brighton Atlantic