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On Point > Bill Hammond

May 13, 2008

The four years of visual art highschool had to offer me weren’t particularly thrilling as creative independence wasn’t really the name of the game there 😛 we pretty much just copied out of books lol but one project did stand out that wouldn’t usually be my thing.

Bill Hammond is a New Zealand contemporary artist, and as Wikipedia puts it, “…his two popular themes are often in reference to popular music (in the form of the liberal use of quoted lyrics within the structure of the paintings), and gaunt creatures with avian heads and human limbs. Hammond’s canvases make liberal use of the flow of paint, with rivulets of colours running vertically down the backgrounds. These dark canvases, coupled with the anthropomorphic bird forms, have led to comparisons with the likes of Hieronymus Bosch.” My two favourite pieces:

‘Placemakers’

‘The Fall Of Icarus’

 

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