British born, Los Angeles based, Hamish Robertson creates beautiful images, abstracted landscapes, gemstones, rock, transformed into elegant works of art. Formerly working under the name Vacation Days, Robertson now focuses on showcasing his own original art and photography as part of the Echo Park Craft Fair community.
We spoke to him about creativity and studio essentials.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I’m originally from the UK, having studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, working predominantly in photography, video, and environmental art. Upon graduation I moved to New York City where, over a decade, I worked in magazines as an editor at CITY, GQ, and Vanity Fair and had artwork shown at Artist’s Space and the Whitney Museum of American Art. These experiences led me to pursue my photography and artwork as my primary focus—and in doing do move to California to live closer to the nature that so inspired me as a child in northern England. I’ve worked and exhibited throughout the state and produced editions of my prints which I sell in retail environments across the United States and in a a growing number of overseas countries.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
It’s undoubtedly Californian in that so much of my work captures or incorporates elements of this great and beautiful state. Discovery and collaboration seem to be to be inherently Californian traits—two things I thrive on when producing my projects—traits which feel like a natural continuation of the state’s pioneer settlers. There seems to always be a fresh way of seeing the world from California, perhaps because one can feel at the end of the earth here (and often at the mercy of it). The light and landscape is constantly changing—reinventing itself. It’s endlessly inspiring and a constant reminder to present work utilizing the natural marks, vistas, and textures around me and present the viewer an opportunity to question their initial perceptions or commonly accepted manifestations of the beauty right in front of us here in California.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Besides a camera, I don’t need anything to work except music so I would say Ahmad Jamal’s The Awakening, Nick Cave’s The Boatman’s Call, and Spiritualized’s Lazer Guided Melodies.