Russell Hamilton received a BA in Political Science (Southern African Politics) from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus, and then went on to earn an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington Seattle. He attended the well known Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture class of 1990, here he met Anish Kapoor, Italo Scangaan, Ross Bleckner, and Al Loving. He was an artist-in-resident at the Pratt Institute in Seattle for glass blowing, and one year Artist in Resident at the prestigious Studio Museum In Harlem 1992-93, where became close to Houston Conwill and other NYC based artists.
He has initiated a variety of community projects with young people, worked in the US educational system as an artist-in-resident providing project based courses, and is now working on a collaborative project that brings together art and technology to address patient healing and well being within a hospital environment. He continues with his individual studio work, and is further interested in art collaborations that extend beyond the walls of the traditional gallery.
Russell has exhibited widely throughout the U.S.; Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, NYC, Skowhegan, and Washington DC, as well as, the UAE and Japan. His work is in both public and private collections.
Russell was an Assistant Professor of Art at Wayne State University before moving to the UAE where he is currently an Associate Professor of Art in
The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University.
He was founder of the now closed online Zawiyah Gallery and is current founder of Big Guy Gallery in Mataram City Lombok Indoensia, which opened in the Fall 2019.
Russell in Graduate Studio
University of Washington 1991