Kirrily Hammond is a Melbourne based artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing and printmaking. The landscape has been a constant theme in her work across all mediums, and her images are intuitive responses to her surroundings. Two recent series of paintings titled ‘Gippsland Twilight’ 2008-12 and ‘Brunswick East’ 2012-14, are drawn from explorations of Victorian roads and suburban backstreets. At the end of the day, when the light is fading, the landscape becomes indistinguishable and quiet vistas are punctuated by the glow of car headlights and occasional street lights. Kirrily’s works are about capturing small moments of sublime in the everyday, inspired by the delicate transience of a dandelion, evening light through a car window and memories of a place.
Born in Newcastle in 1975, Kirrily studied at Canberra and Glasgow Schools of Art, graduating with a BAVA (Hons) in 1997, and completed a Curatorial Masters degree at the University of Melbourne in 2003. She was awarded the Harold Wright Scholarship to study the prints & drawings collection of the British Museum, London in 2005. Kirrily has been exhibiting since 1995 and her work is held in numerous private collections, as well as the collections of Australian National University, ACT; Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC; Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC; Moreland City Council, Melbourne, VIC; and Wollongong University, NSW.
Kirrily has also worked in the Australian arts sector since 1995 and has been Curator – Collection at Monash University Museum of Art since 2005 and a Board Member of National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS Victoria) from 2011 to 2015. Her curatorial projects include 15 Minutes of Fame: 20 Years of Pop Prints, NGV International, 2004; Extra-Aesthetic: 25 Views of the Monash University Collection, MUMA, 2005; Reverie, 2006,Materiality, 2007 and Fictions, 2008 at the Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus; Premonitions: The Monash University Collection 1961-2007, McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, 2008; Richard Lewer: Nobody Likes a Show Off, MUMA, 2009; The Devil Had a Daughter, MUMA, 2011; Self Conscious: Contemporary Portraiture, MUMA, 2012; Nocturne, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne 2013; and co-curator for Linda Marrinon: Figure Sculpture MUMA 2015.
*Please note this photo was taken about 8 years ago when I was less grey-haired and generally more presentable..