One of the UK’s most successful contemporary artists, we look at the rise and rise of this extraordinary painter and printmaker.
Originally trained as a stonemason, Tom Hammick is an example of a true polymath. A successful painter as well as a master printer, his training at Camberwell College of Art set him on a path of often-unexpected cross-pollination of creative practices with a real flair for experimentation.
Hammick’s works are populated by recurring motifs and shapes: figures wander with their back to the viewer, wooden huts sit in dark forests and solo sailboats drift across empty seas. The sense of isolation in a vast wilderness is reminiscent of Caspar David Friedrich and German Romanticism.
A clear colourist, his work commands attention and exudes warmth. Rich hues radiate across the canvas, contrasting against dark washes and night skies. His woodcuts, with their defined use of colour and shape, are clearly influenced by traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques, like those of Hokusai.
Hammick has recently developed a growing portfolio of intricately composed chine-collé drypoints. Made by placing and re-placing paper shapes and then printing over and around them, each print is completely unique and a fascinating insight into the process of printmaking.
Like the other great masters of collage and print, including Henri Matisse, Hammick uses pattern as a tool for experimenting with texture and form.
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Tom Hammick, marking the artist’s first solo show at the Kingsland Road gallery. The exhibition highlights his dual working practices of painting and printmaking, and features new works made in response to a year-long residency at English National Opera (ENO), the first initiative of its kind for the opera company.
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Tom Hammick is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton and Visiting Lecturer Fine Art University of Ulster and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University). He has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Deutsche Bank, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Exhibiting: 4 – 9 May, London Original Print Fair
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. A selection of new woodcuts and etchings will be shown on the Flowers Gallery stand, Booth 49.
In 2015, Lund Humphries published a major new monograph on Tom Hammick, with texts by Julian Bell.
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