NICKY HAMILTON // The Lonely Man

The Lonely Man

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad.  They may not mean to, but they do.” - This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin

The Lonely Man is a deeply personal project. The seventeen piece tableau explores my childhood relationship with my father, a relationship that was conducted through “a maze of police raids, guns, drugs, violence and, ultimately, redemption” after he was declared bankrupt in the 1980s.

In the early years my Dad started out as a builder. Things were simple, holidays were plenty and so was the laughter. In the mid 80s my Dad lost his business in a freak incident and had to declare himself bankrupt, post a recent purchase of a dream home he could no longer afford. He turned to crime and crime turned him into a drug addict who would one day call his son and ask that he help prevent him from committing suicide.