•  At the age of 27, after completing a coast to coast walk through England of just over a thousand miles, Hamish Fulton made the decision “to make art resulting only from the experience of individual walks”. Ever since then, he has been at the forefront of that handful of artists who genuinely extend the horizons of art, move their audience, and ask what kind of activities could constitute artmaking. Each of Fulton’s works can be seen as the translation of a particular walking journey he has undertaken in a specified part of the world into drawings, photographs, woodwork or wall texts. Without preaching, through a rare and touching simplicity, they encourage us to reconsider our relationship with nature.

  • PRINTS

    To further disrupt the representational ability of images, Fulton combines them with words. This allows him to show without portraying, to say without explaining, to name the landscape without containing it. The prints which result from his walks offer a profound meditative intensity, which makes the spectator think about the itinerary but also about the idea of limit, of boundary.

  • “I employ words because they are independent of any one language or any one medium and can exist (more or less) in any size or colour... I start with an experience, not a material. Every walk I make is recorded in words. I do not offer the relief of wordless art.”

    — Hamish Fulton

  • WORKS ON PAPER

    Fulton’s practice consists of producing artworks that attempt to recover the experience of a delineated walk. For example, using drawings made during these tours, he later processes the respective experiences. Therefore, the final drawings and paintings often do not appear completed, but rather sit playfully on the surface of the paper that accompanied the artist on his journey. Through the placement of words on his drawings and paintings, the works are given a relational function in respect to the specific walk the text refers to.

    • Hamish Fulton, Mountain Skyline. Wyoming 2017, 2017
      Hamish Fulton, Mountain Skyline. Wyoming 2017, 2017
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    • Hamish Fulton, 343 Barefood Paces. Norway 2018, 2018
      Hamish Fulton, 343 Barefood Paces. Norway 2018, 2018
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    • Hamish Fulton, 343 Barefoot Paces, Wyoming 2017, 2017
      Hamish Fulton, 343 Barefoot Paces, Wyoming 2017, 2017
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    • Hamish Fulton, Turkic Uighur 2006, 2006
      Hamish Fulton, Turkic Uighur 2006, 2006
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  • WOODWORKS

    Fulton is one of a generation of artists who questions the form that sculpture could take: “What I build is an experience, not a sculpture. My wish is to leave as few traces of my passing as possible. My walking experiences are the reverse of creating sculptural changes, subtractions or additions to the land.” Therefore, he works with modest, light materials, like wood offcuts and ribbons to create simple objects, which evoke the changes of scale in the landscape, the features in the course of travelling or the rhythms of nature.

    • Hamish Fulton, Seven Small Mountains. Wyoming 2017, 2017
      Hamish Fulton, Seven Small Mountains. Wyoming 2017, 2017
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    • Hamish Fulton, 14 Pieces Of Wood. Argentina 1998, 1998
      Hamish Fulton, 14 Pieces Of Wood. Argentina 1998, 1998
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    • Hamish Fulton, 14 Pieces Of Wood. Big Bend Texas 1997, 1997
      Hamish Fulton, 14 Pieces Of Wood. Big Bend Texas 1997, 1997
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    • Hamish Fulton, Etna 2014 & Vesuvio 2019, 2019
  • PHOTOGRAPHS

    Similar to his drawings, Fulton does not use photography for the purposes of documentation or the representation of reality. Instead, the click of his camera’s shutter commemorates an occasion of „good feeling”, moments in which his relationship with the natural world is well realized and is reverently actual. In his pictures, everything derives from what cannot be shown: walking, camping, moving through the landscape. Through suggesting an idea of the felt experience, the photographs function as metonyms for the walk, just as the walk itself functions as a metonym for the wider, more encompassing view of life being lived as the journey is being made.

  • Hamish Fulton Footpath, Iceland, 2008, 2008

    Hamish Fulton

    Footpath, Iceland, 2008, 2008

  • Hamish Fulton Boulder, Iceland, 2008, 2008

    Hamish Fulton

    Boulder, Iceland, 2008, 2008

  • WALL TEXTS

    In his iconic wall texts, as in all his works, Hamish Fulton relies on various experiences made during walks and the resulting text. He typically combines these texts with further graphically reduced symbols or shapes, which make reference to the constant stream of words and colorful images one encounters in an urban context on a daily basis through advertisement. As an international artist, Fulton admits “everything has to be made of something” but also that every work is a contribution to global pollution. Therefore, Fulton decidedly designs the wall texts to be adaptable, requiring only paint or vinyl and requiring no transport whatsoever.

  • Installation view of four of Hamish Fulton's wall works, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin © Stefan Haehnel, 2021
  • "I simply voted for 'less' material, which is not an immaterial attitude" 

    — Hamish Fulton

    • Hamish Fulton, This Is Not Land Art. Alaska USA 2004, 2004
      Hamish Fulton, This Is Not Land Art. Alaska USA 2004, 2004
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    • Hamish Fulton, Revisiting The Boulders. Norway 1992 & 2018, 1992 & 2018
      Hamish Fulton, Revisiting The Boulders. Norway 1992 & 2018, 1992 & 2018
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    • Hamish Fulton, Cho Oyu. Tibet 2000, 2000
      Hamish Fulton, Cho Oyu. Tibet 2000, 2000
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    • Hamish Fulton, Google Champa Tenzin. Tibet 2007, 2007
      Hamish Fulton, Google Champa Tenzin. Tibet 2007, 2007
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  • Hamish Fulton at Galerie Thomas Schulte, March 2021

    Hamish Fulton speaks about his practice as a 'walking artist.'
  • ABOUT THE ARTIST Hamish Fulton, born 1946 in London, is a British walking artist, who since 1972 has made works...

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Hamish Fulton, born 1946 in London, is a British walking artist, who since 1972 has made works based on the experience of walks. Arguing that “walking is an art form in its own right,” Fulton translates his walks into photographs, drawings and wall texts. Although only Fulton himself experiences the walk itself, his works allow the beholder to engage with his experience. In the past his walks have had him travel extensively to countries including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland,  France,  Italy,  Switzerland,  Austria,  Germany,  Norway, Lapland,  Iceland, Spain,  Portugal,  The  United  States,  Mexico,  Canada,  Peru,  Bolivia,  Argentina,  Nepal,  India, Australia, Japan and Tibet. On several occasions he organized group walking projects, including Walk On, Walking East – Walking West, Plymouth, England (2014), Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin, Germany (2014), Between Penzance and Marazion, England (2013), Walk 3: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (2010), Walk 2: Margate Sands, England, Walk 1: Canterbury, England (2010), Domaine De Chamarande, France, alongside 23 walkers (1998), Fondazione Antionio Ratti, Como, Italy, alongside 26 walkers (1998) and C.C.A. (formally C.A.S.K.) Kitakyushu, Japan, alongside 14 walkers (1994). Several works by Hamish Fulton are currently on view at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, in the group exhibition "WALK" until May 22, 2022.

     

    Hamish Fulton studied at Hammersmith College of Art, St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Fulton’s work has been shown extensively around the world. Important solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery (2012), Turner Contemporary (2012), Museion (2005), Tate Britain (2002), and Museu Serralves (2001).  Major group exhibitions include documenta (1977; 1982), the Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala City (2016), Schaulager, Basel (2015), MOCA, Los Angeles (2012), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011), CAPC – Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (2002), Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (2000) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2000). Hamish Fulton lives and works in London, England.

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