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Tom Hammick is an artist and senior lecturer in the School of Art and upholds an international reputation within the fields of Painting and Printmaking. Tom is principally interested in utilising a form of pictorial image-making in which landscape, populated often by solitary figures and isolated dwellings, becomes a metaphor to explore what he describes as an “imaginary and mythological dreamscape”. Tom’s imaginative and emotional exploration into the human condition, explores questions about place and transience and asks questions as much about home, where we belong, and how the ideas of a connection to place conjure up aspects of who we are and how we live. His images often are centred around inhabitants living on the fringes or outskirts of society, as metaphors for how artists of all sorts find themselves often on the outside looking in as the obvious vantage point for filtering the copy of life and acting as barometers of the state we are in . Tom draws from a wide variety of cultural and environmental sources to inform his practice, (Cinema, Opera, Theatre, science and music), while compositionally his images are structured figuratively around experiences of family life on the fringes of the Weald in East Sussex and from drawings and photographs made on the hoof while travelling.
Tom was the winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK in 2016, his print Violetta and Alfredo’s Escape (2016) was subsequently obtained by the V&A, and he has recently been awarded the prestigious Joseph Albers foundation Fellowship in 2019. Tom has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings); V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), UK; Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings); Deutsche Bank; Yale Centre for British Art; The Library of Congress, Washington DC, New York Public Library and Minneapolis Fine Art Institute.
Tom has taken on numerous Artist Residencies through his career and he acknowledges how important they are in enabling him to open new paths of investigation within his visual practice. Tom became the first Visual Artist-in-Residence at the English National Opera in 2014 and he recognizes the extent to which this was transformative for his work at that time, encouraging him to develop jump-cut narratives from the operatic form and to utilise colour and tone expressionistically in his work as a parallel language to music. Tom has since undergone noteworthy residencies at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen (2017) and Aldeburgh Music Festival (2018).
Hammick has a substantial list of exhibitions and solo shows that span across the globe. As well as exhibiting across the UK, he has had significant shows in Ireland, Canada, New York and Paris. Highlights of Tom’s exhibitions from the past 5 years include his solo show, Wall Window World in 2015, which marked the publication of Julian Bell’s monograph, published by Lund Humphries with the same title. The work was exhibited in Bridports Art centre, Flowers East Gallery in London , Flowers New York and Gallery Podromus in Paris. Tom successively solely curated Towards Night at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), which displayed a collection of over 60 artists spanning across 200 years and their individual exploration of the ‘nocturnal’ under the umbrella of The Northern Romantic Tradition, and subsequently his solo show, Passes Between Us, was displayed at Rabley Drawing Centre, in 2016, which exhibited paintings and prints on paper that were inspired by his ENO residency. Lunar Voyage, a collection of 17 woodcuts made in Scotland and London in 2017/18 were exhibited at Flowers Gallery New York and Flowers Gallery Kingsland Road, London in 2017, to great critical acclaim. This series of monumental prints at root explores the paradox of existence played out between the artist and family, to the backdrop of a world in crisis as we start to adapt to the grip of the epoch of the Anthropocene. This series is being shown in part and completely at Minneapolis Art Institute, USA, The National Maritime Museum London, and ST Mary’s University Gallery in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Tom has just finished his solo show, ‘Night Animals’, which was exhibited in Flowers Gallery, Cork Street London between 4th April – 18th May 2019. The exhibition presented new paintings, connected to poetry and music, which were initially developed during his residency at the 71st Aldeburgh Festival and from source material taken from William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s sojourn in Somerset at Samual Taylor Coleridge’s invitation in 1797/8. Their work in this great year culminated in the birth of the romantic movement, and kick-started a profound understanding and importance of the essential connection between landscape and soul as a way of being. These dreamlike images shift sinuously between the biographical and the poetic, interweaving sensory experiences ‘of time and place with landscapes of the imagination’.
Tom has also lately finished a new series of work, 50 woodcuts, in ‘THE MAKING OF POETRY: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels’ by Adam Nicholson. Published by William Collins, it has been met with great critical acclaim across the spectrum of the media both academic and mainstream, as a new kind of writing and image-making combined, steeped in its subject matter by literally following in the footsteps of these great poets in the purest (Richard) Holmesian tradition. The Making of Poetry is to be published in the USA, Germany and Korea.
In August 2019, Tom has his first mid career retrospective at The Glasgow print Workshop gallery. This opens on August 1st and will run for two months.
Tom Hammick's residency at the English National Opera and subsequent exhibition 'Wall, Window, World' at Flowers GalleryHammick, T., 7 Sep 2018
Research output: Other contribution › Research
Methodology of the Edition: Cultural Exchange through Contemporary Printmaking for Knowledge Acquisition and Academic CooperationBullen, D., Fox, J., Lehtonen, T., Love, J., Boldon, J., Gollifer, S., Hammick, T., Mills, R., Powell, G. & Stibbon, E., 15 Jul 2016
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition › Research