Waiting for Time
Reduction woodcut
2016
122cm x 164cm

Tom Hammick

Tom Hammick (b.1963 Wiltshire, UK) studied BA Hons Art History, University of Manchester (1982-1985); BA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell School of Art (1987-1990) and MFA Fine Printmaking, Camberwell School of Art, London (1990-1992). Selected groups exhibitions include: Towards Night, Towner Eastbourne, (2016); Woodcuts, Royal Academy of Art, London (2016) and Face to Face, Sir John Soane Museum, London (2014). Solo exhibitions include: Passes Between Us, Rabley Drawing Centre. Wiltshire, UK (2016); Hypnagogic, Gallery Prodromus, Paris (2016) and Wall Window World: Flowers, London (2015). Recent awards include: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Prize-winner (2004); Artist in Residence, ENO, London (2014-2015); Artist in Residence at the International Scuola di Grafica, Venice (2014) and shortlisted for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize (2012). He lives in London and East Sussex.

Hammick is both a painter and a printmaker and both methods of production have equal importance in his practice. Each process feeds the other, both informed by drawings, photographs and newspaper cuttings as source materials. The artist says the woodcut, "Waiting for Time celebrates an intense romantic connection between a couple; two figures living life on an island. Like in the first act of Tristan and Isolde, they are cocooned in their passion away from the world. I hope this conjures up as much a feeling of loss as intense happiness through their isolation and the terrestrial distance that separates them from the urban life they have run from. The image is also in part inspired from A Pablo Neruda poem called Enigmas about the extraordinary mystery of sea life and from a found photograph of a tiny pacific island threatened by rising seas due to climate change. The surrounding sea adds a metaphorical dimension to the fragility of love.”

 

You can see Tom Hammick's work at Vane.


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