about the artist


Hamish was born in 1970 in Millicent, South Australia. He grew up on his parent’s farm just out of Lucindale, where he also lives and works today. Having grown up with lots of space and much time spent outdoors he is hard to fit into a frame. Already as a little boy he was hard to capture and always on the move. Scribbling reflected his busy mind and so do his paintings today. There wasn’t and still isn’t much stopping him, not even a very bad accident at the age of 12 where he got severely burnt. However, he thinks, it might have taught him humility and real appreciation for a tight, loving and supportive family.


Hamish opted to study a Bachelor of Architecture, which in his mind at the time was a compromise between his interest in the arts and his future ability to maybe make a living. Anyway after travelling extensively and working overseas, especially through Europe and America, he finally returned home to the farm in 1997.


This is where he found his place, between the gum trees of ‘CLUAIN’, the property his grandfather came to develop in the late 40s. Today a certified organic cattle operation, it is becoming his, like his father’s and grandfather’s life’s work, and the rock underpinning his artistic expression.He thoroughly enjoys the physical aspects of running an agricultural business, which also allows him to draw from the space and pace of the land. This inner freedom is hard to overlook in his paintings. Bold colours and often strong and (abstract/contrasting) lines, give shape to a landscape of figures, trees and horizons.


Hamish is always looking for new ideas and inspirations, so if there is something you would like to see through his hands, he would love to hear from you. Take your time and brows through the galleries of this website, there is much to see.

Hamish Macdonald © 2019