Meet the Artist: Hamilton Glass
Hamilton Glass is an artist native to Philadelphia, PA and currently based out of Richmond, Virginia. Growing up in Philadelphia allowed Hamilton to experience different cultures and art. As a young child his mother constantly enrolled him in art classes at the Philadelphia Institute of Art. Here he gained a strong foundation that allowed him to tap into his creative side and begin his journey as an artist.
It’s been his journey in Richmond that has allowed Hamilton to introduce his design ideas to the city and the art community. His work serves to create dialog between mainstream and underground art enthusiast. He is one of many street artists who have taken part in the on going debate as to whether graffiti belongs on a gallery wall. In Hamilton’s mind it should be able to belong in both j spaces, which allows two different environments in which to view and experience the art.
“I had the honor of being asked by Ed Trask (one of Richmond’s finest) to participate in a city beautification program sponsored by Altria. The program brought together four muralist to paint murals and installations along Broad St that houses a number of art galleries and is the back drop for the monthly First Friday events. It just so happens that the city is trying to brand this area as the ‘Arts District’. The mural is a salute to when Broad St was at one time known as ‘Theatre Row’ because it housed many of the theaters that were popular during the vaudeville era.”