Since the early 1970s Hamish Fulton has been labelled sculptor, photographer, land artist and conceptual artist. He, however, describes himself as a ‘walking artist’. In 1971 he made the first of numerous walks as a way to experience a physical engagement between man and nature. The resulting work is a translation of these experiences into a variety of media, including photography, illustrations, maps and wall texts. Whatever the form, Fulton’s work aims to express and record his specific responses to the places he travels through, allowing us to engage with his experience. The words and images always refer to specific events happening during the walk: moonlight, length of the journey, stones, birds, rivers. As the artist has stated on various occasions, his work ‘is about discovery, perception about nature, about yourself. What I build is an experience, not a sculpture.’
Over the last fifty years Fulton has walked thousands of miles across 5 continents and 25 countries. The act of walking remains central to his practice and unlike his contemporary Richard Long, Fulton does not alter the form of the landscape he walks in, but records the experience through photographs and words.
Hamish Fulton was born in London in 1946 to Scottish parents. Between 1964 and 1969 he studied at Hammersmith College of Art, St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London with fellow students Richard Long and Gilbert & George. Fulton work is included in major public collections such as Tate Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, MOMA, National Gallery of Canada, Stedelijk Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Hamish Fulton's website can be viewed at www.hamish-fulton.com