Hamish Fulton, ‘Bitten by a Dog: A Twenty Day Walking Journey from Dumre to Leder in Manang and back to Pokhara by way of Khudi, Nepal’, 1983, Phillips

Hamish Fulton's dedication to the journey of his many walks has sculpted a body of work that uses iconography, color, drawings, photographs, and text to document these voyages. Fulton began his walks, varying in duration and taking place all over the world, in the late 1960s where he documented his interaction and experience on each trip. Landmarks are depicted with specific colors and line drawings and photographs with accompanied captions offer site specific information from the journey. Bitten by a Dog: A Twenty Day Walking Journey from Dumre to Leder and back to Pakhara by way of Khudi, Nepal, early 1983 stems from a walk in the Annapurna region in the Himalayas which he called Twilight Horizons. This walk later became a book with text, photos, and drawings of which this image was included.

Other works by the artist are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Courtesy of Phillips

Overall 48 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (122.6 x 94.6 cm)

Hamish Fulton 1975-85, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1985
Hamish Fulton: Selected Walks 1969-1989, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 19 January-7 March, 1990; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Polanco, Mexico, 10 June-19 August, 1990

About Hamish Fulton

Like Richard Long, Hamish Fulton is a self-characterized “walking artist” who generates photographs, sketches, and text pieces based on the experience of each walk. During visits to South Dakota and Montana in the 1960s, Fulton decided that art should be about life, not about producing objects. Keenly interested in Native American cultures and Buddhist meditation practices, Fulton has walked in more than 25 countries in the past 30 years, including trips to the tops of Mount Everest and Denali. “If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art,” Fulton explains. “The physical involvement of walking creates a receptiveness to the landscape. I walk on the land to be woven into nature. A road walk can transform the everyday world and give a heightened sense of human history.”

British, b. 1946, London, United Kingdom, based in Canterbury, United Kingdom