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Kirrily Hammond

New gallery representation

Some exciting news – Alexandra Sasse Gallery will now be representing my work in Melbourne, Australia.

Alexandra Sasse Gallery is located in a Victorian mansion in Kew and represents a group of contemporary Australian artists who have decades of peer reviewed practice and whose work is collected by state and regional galleries. They include Jane Chandler, Elizabeth Cross, Simon Deere, Mark Dober, Rachel Ellis, Dianne Emery, David Hamilton, Sallie Moffatt, Evan Salmon, Alexandra Sasse, John Scurry and Melody Spangaro.

For further information, please visit the gallery’s website where you’ll find my artist profile and a link to my cv.

I’ve started work for my first exhibition at Alexandra Sasse Gallery in October 2023.

In the meantime, if you are in the Victorian region, enquiries about available works can be made to Alexandra via her website or [email protected].

Enquiries from Canberra and the ACT region can continue via my other Australian representative gallery Beaver Galleries.

In the news

I’m super pleased to be featured in the local newspaper Frederiksberg Liv, with an article about the exhibition at Remanius Vision.

Here’s a translation:

Christmas exhibition | Glasses and pictures

We wish you a Merry Christmas with a selection of new paintings
and print with motifs from Frederiksberg. The images are created by Kirrily Hammond, who has found her way to Frederiksberg from the other side
of the globe. Everyone is welcome to drop by Remanius Vision on Gammel Kongevej.

“Come in for a cup of coffee and a look at the beautiful paintings and delicious spectacle frames ”, is the call from Michelle Odberg, owner of Remanius Vision. “I got the idea to exhibit some of Kirrily’s paintings as she is a customer of the store, and recently needed new “painting glasses”, tells Michelle. “We quickly agreed about throwing ourselves into it so now customers can look at frames and beautiful paintings at the same time. ”


Kirrily Hammond moved with her family from Melbourne in Australia to Frederiksberg in 2018, and the artist has found rich inspiration in her new surroundings and the Danish painter Hammershøi. Her oil paintings and lithograph depict Frederiksberg Have, Søndermarken and Bøllemosen, Strandgade and Fanø. Kirrily is a graduate of both the Canberra School of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, and she has exhibited her work in Australian commercial galleries and art museums since 1995.

The landscape has been a constant theme in her art for over twenty-five years and her paintings are intuitive responses to her surroundings. The beautiful park areas of Frederiksberg Garden and Søndermarken have captivated Kirrily, and she has enjoyed depicting the change of seasons in a series of works. The lithographic prints are on display at Remanius Vision are made at The Danish Workshops for Art in June 2021, where Kirrily produced a new series of prints of places like Bøllemosen and Fanø. Kirrily is very pleased to have the opportunity to show her work in Remanius Vision, especially since it is so close to Frederiksberg Garden and Søndermarken, which are the subject of some of her paintings. Kirrily hopes in the longer term to find Danish commercial gallery representation, as she has gradually established her work here in Denmark.

Welcome to glasses and pictures at Remanius Vision.

Exhibition at Remanius Vision

Søndermarken 2021, oil on linen, 46 x 46 cm

I have a selection of new works on display at Remanius Vision, in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. These include four paintings of Danish landscapes – from very the local Frederiksberg Have, Søndermarken and Strandgade in the city, to Fanø – a small island off the far western side of Denmark. The two lithographs, Forest (Bøllemosen) and Fanø, were produced during a residency at the Statens Værkstedet for Kunst in June this year.

The works will be on display until early in the new year. I hope you might get the chance to stop by!

Gammel Kongevej 179
Frederiksberg C 1850 (view map)
Mon – Fri 10.00 – 17.30 Sat 10.00 – 15.00

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

Imprint article: Printing Danishly

Melbourne, Australia

June 2021

I’m super pleased that my article ‘Printing Danishly’ was published in Imprint magazine, including the cover image by Julie Mehretu.

I wrote about Borch Editions, a print workshop in Copenhagen that publishes work by Tacita Dean, Julie Mehretu, Trine Søndergaard, Georg Baselitz, Olafur Eliasson and Mamma Andersson, among many others.

Here’s a link to the actual article

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.

#statensværkstedforkunst

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]

Stereo Exchange

I’m excited to be invited to work with Better Weather, the Danish collaborative duo Anne Werner and Kasper Lynge Jensen, on an exhibition next month at Stereo Exchange. We will be combining our respective practices to make a site specific installation. Opening 20 Nov 2020.

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.

Copenhagen

 

is my new home – I moved here at the end of December with my family. I’m super excited to start painting this beautiful city and some cold wintery landscapes!

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)

Lowlands exhibition opens 6 Sept

I’m super pleased that the opening of my exhibition ‘lowlands‘ went really well – the works were finally all together on the wall and I could take a step back on my activities over the last 6 months. It was also lovely to see some old friends and feel that Canberra art community support.