New Acquisition

I’m very happy to report that the Newcastle Art Gallery recently acquired my drawing ‘Swoon I’ 2009 for its collection.

It’s especially exciting to be part of my hometown collection – I was born in Newcastle, way back when!

Swoon I 2009
charcoal and graphite on paper
70.6 x 50.1 cm
Purchased through the Gil Docking Drawing Fund 2019
Newcastle Art Gallery collection

Danish light

I’m loving the beautiful soft light in this part of the world. It lasts from 5am till 10pm as summer approaches.

I’ve started a new body of work inspired by the beautiful danish buildings and landscapes and plan to exhibit in Melbourne & Sydney later this year.

Glowing ‘Lowlands’ review

I’m so lucky to have the eminent Dr Sasha Grishin follow my career, right from one of my earliest exhibitions Of Landscape and Memory, which he reviewed in 2000.

On Friday Dr Grishin reviewed Lowlands in glowing terms, in a piece titled ‘Putting a touch of magic into everyday reality‘, in the Canberra Times that opened with ‘she creates gem-like tableaux, which shimmer on the gallery walls’. The mention of Clarice Beckett and the ‘European tradition of the sublime’  is high praise indeed, and greatly appreciated.

‘Hammond has been exhibiting for over two decades and has established a reputation as an artist who manages to transfigure a common everyday reality into something that has been touched with a bit of magic.’

oil on copper, 20.0 x 24.2 cm (image); 23.3 x 27.5 x 3.7 cm (frame)

Residency at Gate 8 Workshop

Back in April I was super lucky to be in the midst of six amazing Adelaide artists at the Gate 8 Workshop, when I undertook a short residency in their loft space – a desk and time and space to myself to develop new work for my forthcoming exhibition in September at Beaver Galleries, Canberra. I managed to get a whole lot of new paintings underway and a renewed excitement for the next body of work. stay tuned for images soon..

M Collection Exhibition

16 – 20 May 2018

Menzies Art Brands

1 Darling St, South Yarra

Glenmorgahn, Brunswick East 2013


The M Collection celebrated 10 years of collecting with an exhibition at Menzies Art Brands, South Yarra In Melbourne. On display was a diverse and outstanding collection of work selected by the 10 members of the M Collection, who have been rotating the works in their homes every 6 months since 2008. Two of my paintings were included – Glenmorgahn, Brunswick East 2013 and The Gloaming 2013.


Memento 2

I’m really happy (and relieved) to report that the show was a success and I was delighted to receive a lot of positive comments about the work. Not many paintings remain in stock – brilliant incentive to get back into the studio!

Keepsake is open


Our exhibition ‘Keepsake’ opened at Bundoora Homestead on Saturday – thanks to everyone who came along. There was a great atmosphere, with 8 other exhibitions opening that day and a fantastic opening speech by Emma Busowsky Cox.


Sim Luttin and I gave an artist talk about the works, the materials, the exhibition process and how we’d like to continue to have shows together – watch this space!



Thornbury laneway 2017

Gallerysmith will be featuring my work at DENFAIR, Melbourne, details as follows:

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, South Wharf
Thursday 8 June – Friday 9 June, 10–6pm (open to professionals)
Saturday 10 June, 10–5pm (open to public)

Upcoming exhibitions

oil on copper, 9.0 x 12.0 cm

I’ve been working towards 2 forthcoming exhibitions, the first will also feature the work of Sim Luttin. Our work shares a similar aesthetic sensibility and I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating on this project, details as follows:


Kirrily Hammond and Sim Luttin

9 August – 22 October 2017

Opening 4-6 pm Saturday 26 August, with artists’ talk at 3pm

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne

Images, left to right:

Kirrily Hammond, Train skyline 2017, oil on copper, 9.0 x 12.0 cm

Sim Luttin, Moment #1: Backyard view 2017, sterling silver, sublimated aluminium, glass, 4.1 x 6.9 x 1.0 cm pendant)


Ciney, Belgium 2017

The second exhibition will be a solo exhibition at Gallerysmith, with all new work from 2017, details as follows:


12 October – 11 November 2017

Gallerysmith, Melbourne

I’ll be updating new works in the artworks section of this site as they develop..stay tuned!

Image: Ciney, Belgium 2017, oil on copper, 9.0 x 12.0 cm (image), 12.3 x 15.3 x 3.7 cm (frame)


Landmarks is open until 25 Sept

Landmarks text


landmarks install

Landmarks was opened on the 25 August with a beautiful speech by Kelly Gellatly, Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art. I’m so happy to be included in this show. I’ll post some more images of it all soon..

It’s open Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick

Sydney Morning Herald Review

Review of Kirrily Hammond: Suburbia, with menace in the air

November 14, 2014 – 11:45PM

Sasha Grishin

Street Signs, Brunswick EastStreet Signs, Brunswick East

Kirrily Hammond: Suburbia
Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin
Closes November 25, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Although most Australians live in the suburbs, Australian artists have generally been a little shy of this subject.  There have been notable exceptions, for example, the early works of John Brack and the art of Howard Arkley, but these hardly constitute a major tradition in Australian art, as do the landscape, the outback or still life compositions.

Kirrily Hammond, now a Melbourne-based artist but until about a decade ago living in Canberra, is fundamentally a printmaker with a romantic predisposition.  Her images are moody, frequently set at dusk, and often touched by the sense of awe and embracing the sublime in nature.  She has now brought this sensibility to the streetscapes of her adopted city of Melbourne and its tightly packed inner northern suburbs.

Canberra St, BrunswickCanberra St, Brunswick

In terms of their sense of presence, her work brings to mind those melting tonal visions of Clarice Beckett and her watery images of dawn and dusk in her particular patch of Melbourne, the suburb of Beaumaris.  Except I find something slightly menacing about Hammond’s vision of Melbourne suburbia, particularly the suburb of Brunswick, from which come virtually all of the small oil paintings and charcoal drawings in this exhibition.

The paintings Laneway, Brunswick East, Bladen Ave, Brunswick East, Canberra St, Brunswick and the drawing Street signs, Brunswick East, all imply an exactitude of location through their titles, yet appear to be devoid of human inhabitants.  There is an anonymity in this suburbia, where danger is not depicted, but seems to lurk somewhere behind the facades of suburban houses.  It was in Brunswick that the 29-year-old Jill Meagher was brutally raped and murdered in 2012, an incident which deeply scarred the whole Brunswick community.

There is nothing in Hammond’s quiet observations of suburbia at dusk that would link them to these horrific events, but it is a slightly menacing and foreboding atmosphere that pervades in many of the scenes.  For me the most successful work at this exhibition is the monochrome drawing Street Signs, Brunswick East.  The signs themselves are left deliberately illegible, the facade of the house is thickly veiled in shadows, while the framing foreground space is dominated by a number of fleeting reflections.  Although there is a simplicity in the general compositional structure, the notion of ambiguity gives that slightly unnerving note to the drawing.  As far as the viewer knows, nothing bad has ever happened here, but the note of foreboding suggests invisible evil forces at play in the air.

As with most of Hammond’s exhibitions, this one is quite small, only a dozen pieces, tightly united thematically, but possessing the quality of “otherness”.

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