White-Water Rafters on the Penobscot River, nd
Oil with pencil and tinted shellac primer on masonite, 28¾ x 12½ inches
Working from news photographs and images he shot himself, Ralph Hamilton painted images of burning buildings, vehible crashes, hurricanes, and murder victims—intentionally blurred by dry brushstrokes. He was renowned as a portrait painter, and created depictions of sports figures and portraits of friends and celebrities. Hamilton's paintings are characterized by somber tones and dark moods; a Boston Globe review once described his art as "as strange cocktail of intimacy and distance." His work is part of the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.