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Jax Hamilton

Jax Hamilton, a budding artist from Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, is making waves in the local art scene. While he is mostly self-taught, he owes a great deal of his artistic development to the exceptional art teacher at FBHS. With a background in dance from the Royal Amelia Dance Academy, Jax seamlessly incorporates his dance experience into his artwork. Drawing inspiration from personal life encounters and ordinary objects, Jax employs a blend of realism, surrealism, and stylized multimedia techniques to produce vibrant and mesmerizing pieces of art. His creative approach truly captivates viewers and leaves a lasting impression.

The Disturbance of Wishing, 2023

MEDIUM Acrylic on canvas

DIMENSIONS overall 20x24 inches

ARTIST Jax Hamilton

I drew inspiration from my personal journey as a dancer when creating the art piece 'The Disturbance of Wishing'. The piece reflects both the challenges I faced as a trans dancer as well as the pure joy I experienced through dance. I wanted to capture both the amazing aspects of dancing and the not-so-pleasant parts. The vibrant colors surrounding the central dancer represent the excitement and the connections I formed during my dance classes. On the other hand, the black and white figures symbolize moments of self-doubt that occasionally plagued me while I danced.

FREE BIRDS, February 2021

MEDIUM Acrylic on canvas

DIMENSIONS overall 30x48 inches

ARTIST A. Christina McDonald

Free Birds was created with warm, muted colors of white, tan and gray which conveys the calming effect one feels when dancing on the beach. The flowing moment of the contemporary dancer also brings to life the freedom of the birds emerging from her side. Her hair flows in ripples representing the water. Although the piece is painted with acrylics, you get the get the feel of water colors with the blending of the paint colors. The inspiration for Free Birds emerged from the artist’s love of the beach and the love of dance. The elongated lines and angular form of the dancer’s body gives a gentle feel to the organic movement. The simplicity of the white background allows the movement to speak for itself. This piece was the first of three works in the Free Birds series.

THE BEAST, April 2019

MEDIUM Acrylic on canvas

DIMENSIONS overall: 24x30 inches

ARTIST A. Christina McDonald

The Beast was created with bold and vibrant colors of black, white, gold, and gray. The dramatic stance of the dancer represents the strength required for contemporary ballet. The facial features of the figure are painted loosely without complete definition. There are hidden shapes of hearts to represent the artist’s love of dance and teardrops to represent sorrow as a dancer’s career comes to an end due to age or due to injury. Body movement can be used as a form of communication and expression. It can also be used for self-expression where the body does the talking and words are not needed or necessary. The Beast displays elements of movement through space, force, and energy. This piece is from a series of three painting created by the artist. They were the first dance painting done by Ms. McDonald after retiring from a lifelong dance career.