night and light and the half light
paintings and works on paper
Saturday 4 November to Sunday 21 January 2018
We are delighted to welcome back internationally acclaimed artist Tom Hammick who last year filled the gallery with sea paintings and works on paper. This winter he joins David Inshaw and Alfred Stockham in an exhibition on the main first floor gallery of Sladers Yard exploring light and its absence in recent paintings, woodcut prints and etchings.
The night has been a recurring image throughout Hammick’s work, and last year he curated the acclaimed exhibition of work by over sixty artists entitled Towards Night at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. Often Tom paints late into the night, finding then the imaginative space for dreams and escape. His paintings feed into his woodcuts and the other way round to create his potent interior landscape.
Hammick’s emotive use of colour and his dazzling skill with the decorative surface of his woodcuts create works at once thrilling and edgy. Clearly linked to a Romantic tradition, he expresses poetic meaning through the awe-inspiring power of nature, at the same time portraying a vision of the world at its most fragile and deeply loved. An art teacher and a passionate advocate of other artists’ work Hammick also shares sensibilities, subject matter and inspiration with all kinds of other avenues of contemporary culture from uneasy fictional dystopias to current affairs, fashion, design and architecture.
After studying History of Art at Manchester University, Hammick became a stonemason working in Dorset with St Blaise Restoration. He went on to study Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, followed by an MA in Printmaking. His work has been exhibited in London, New York, Canada, Paris and Beijing. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton and Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Ulster and at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University).
Hammick 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. In 2015, Lund Humphries published a major new monograph on Tom Hammick, with text by Julian Bell.
The works in the show can be viewed below. To enlarge the image and see more details about them, please click on the image. To enquire about Tom Hammick’s work please contact Sladers Yard on t: 01308 459511 e: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom Hammick’s prints and etchings are framed with museum quality glass.
Not in current show but available to buy:
To see a video about the making of Island Studio please click here.
To listen to Tom Hammick talking about his work please click here.