Bornholm Residency

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few weeks on the little Danish island of Bornholm, which is located south of Sweden, in the middle of the Baltic Sea (I was offered the use of a summerhouse so I could explore and paint this magical place). Bornholm has a scattering of small towns and villages across the island, with gorgeous colourful houses and little harbours. In each village there is also usually a smoking house with their distinctive chimneys and delicious smoked fish for sale. I found the landscapes mesmerising and whilst I was there I had a very productive time of painting, and will continue to be inspired for a long time to come.

Lithographic immersion

My residency at SVFK finished at the end of June. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in lithography, and producing a series of images of my newly discovered Danish surroundings. This has been a continuation of my long-held fascination with urban and rural environments – and specifically the quality of light in these places.

I originally intended to focus on the historic buildings in the immediate vicinity of SVFK, however I became more interested in imagery of the natural environment and made lithographs of Bøllemosen and Fanø as well as areas in Copenhagen such as Søndermarken and Frederiksberg Have.

Lithography is a medium that has enabled me to experiment with drawing, to develop different states of the same image. This allowed me to investigate how different qualities of light can be achieved in an image through counter-etching the stone and experimental use of colour. Images of the prints are online here in the print page of this site.

Etching the stone for the print Simeons Kirke
Grinding the stone

Danish Art Workshops

My Residency at the Danish Art Workshops or SVFK is underway and I have been loving making lithographs again in this fantastic facility. I’ve had a whole print workshop to make a new body of work – stay tuned for images!

Preparing the lithographic stone for printing
Lithographic press, ink and paper ready for printing
There are also presses for intaglio and relief printing

Residency

In June I have a residency at the Statens Værksteder for Kunst (SVFK) or the Danish Art Workshops. This is an amazing place right on the harbour in central Copenhagen. It’s there for artists to achieve specific projects using the generous facilities and studio spaces, across all mediums. I will be based in the lithographic workshop to make a new series of prints. I’m excited to have this fantastic opportunity to make some images of the local area.

Art in the time of Corona

Our exhibition at Stereo Exchange opened on 20 November on a chilly evening – we were super happy to see so many friends and colleagues present..even the police dropped by briefly to check on our corona safety precautions.
Due to the increased COVID19 restrictions, the exhibition is now open via appointment only until 19 December. Email the gallery on to arrange a time: [email protected]

Return of the archive

I have some work in an exhibition that celebrates a history of printmaking at Megalo Print Studio in Canberra. ‘Return of the Archive’ features work by artists that have been associated with the access workshop over the last forty years. The prints are drawn from an archive that was recently returned from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Participating artists include: Alison Alder, Surya Bajracharya, GW Bot, Heather Burness, Dianne Fogwell, Annie Franklin, Kirrily Hammond, Bernard Hardy, Nicci Haynes, Patti Holden, Judy Horacek, Suzanne Knight, Julian Laffan, Arone Meeks, Erica Seccombe and Graeme Wood, among others.

1 Sept – 30 Dec 2020

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT Australia
10am – 3pm, Tuesday – Friday  | +612 6232 6041 |  www.megalo.org

Giardino segreto 2001
burnished aquatint & drypoint, 5 x 7 cm

Clear Blue Skies Project

Penelope Cain invited me to participate in a collaborative project that documents the skies during the COVID 19 global lockdown.

Artists, creatives and others around the world are documenting the colour of the sky as the world goes through large social changes associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. These images and videos are being collated in a website and an instagram account.

Most simply, this project is a collection of photos of the sky, taken around the same place, at around the same time, once or twice a week. Check out the collaborators tab for list of all collaborators, with links to website and more information.

Copenhagen blue skies

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

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!

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