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Desk 1964

Not on display

This work is based on a publicity photograph for a 1948 B-movie called 'Shockproof'. The photograph shows a woman who has just killed a man. In the original he lies hidden behind the desk. Hamilton has adapted the source material by covering some elements, such as the murderer, but retaining others, like the blood on the floor. He has confused reality and illusion by using a photographic reproduction of a real wood veneer on the side of the desk drawer and a painted wood-graining effect on the front. The bright panels of colour in the background are reminiscent of the geometric art of Mondrian. Hamilton has deliberately combined conflicting styles and meanings.


  • Acc. No. GMA 2155
  • Medium Oil and collage on photograph on panel
  • Size 62.50 x 89.00 cm (framed: 99.10 x 72.40 x 2.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1980