Stephen Hamilton is an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston Massachusetts.
Stephen’s work focuses on the aesthetics, philosophies and key symbols inherent throughout Africa and the Diaspora. He strives to create a dialogue between contemporary Black cultures and the ancient African world. Through visual comparison of shared philosophies and aesthetics ubiquitous amongst Black peoples he seeks to describe a complex and varied Black aesthetic. These visual and philosophical connections and cultural analyses form his visual language. His pieces depict African thought and culture as equal to, yet unique from its western analogue. This work stands in stark contrast to the pervasive negative associations, which have become synonymous with Black culture.
His life’s work aims to address the persistent lack of positive, multi-dimensional representations of African and African diasporan cultural discourses. This deficit is ever present in arts education, commercial and fine arts. He creates and facilitates the creation of art and media that hopes to eradicate the aspects of institutionalized and indoctrinated racism that is still prevalent in our communities at large through an asset-based and collaborative lens.