Scholarly biography and interests

Tom Hammick's career as an artist has brought success in painting and printmaking, with a portfolio of regular gallery exhibitions in Britain and abroad, regular invited residencies and representations in national collections in Britain and America.

A 144 page monograph on his paintings and prints was published by Lund Humphries in 2015, with text by Julian Bell and a museum tour starting at Bridport Arts Centre and ending at Flowers East, London. 

Hammick's research explores narrative, archetypes and space in a process that draws on a wide and dynamic set of stimuli. Taking a range of historical cultural references from the twentieth-century European modernist tradition to the print of the far east, Tom Hammick develops his works in reference to poetry and music as well as his own exploration of current media and 'found' surfaces. 

Through these techniques, Tom Hammick's series of recurring elements – the shed, studio, house peopled by replica solitary figures - offer new understanding of visual narrative, whereby the viewer is encouraged to engage with the minimalist landscapes in a way that transcends conventional notions of viewpoint or perspective. In his works, the language of mark-making creates a counterpoint to the flat, formal compositional qualities of the prints and their visual stories.

Tom Hammick was born in 1963 in Tidworth, England. He has degrees in Art History at University of Manchester, 1982-1985. He became a trainee Stone Mason, working on Salisbury Cathedral, and in 1987 went to Camberwell to Study Fine Art. Between 1991 and 1999, Hammick was represented by The Redfern Gallery, London. From 2000-2002, he studied MA Printmaking at Camberwell. Since 2002, Hammick has worked as an Artist making paintings and prints. His work is underpinned by drawing.

Hammick is now represented by The Eagle Gallery in London, Paul Kane Gallery in Dublin, and Page and Strange in Canada. He has had over 40 solo shows internationally to date and his work is represented in several major museum collections such as the British Museum and The Yale Centre for British Art.

He talks of his work and the poetic influences and inspirations: 

"The truth is, on some days one knows what inspires one, what one has as a research interest, while on others one doesn’t know at all. On days like these, the listing of such research becomes clunky and crude, and somehow off the point. It’s the most important ancient part of one, the part that goes back beyond the cave, that came out of the sea, that I am not able to work out. But it is the part that needs to be left alone to bubble away as the initial soup that fuels creativity.

 

  "On the days I do think I know, the more head-led days, my practice as a painter is fed by the usual source material artists commonly use for making work, newspaper articles and photographs, found images in magazines, stories heard on the radio while in the studio, digital photographs taken to mark out special events and heightened experiences: a sunset, a storm, a cherry tree in blossom, a family outing.

 

 "As well as these inputs, I still find that a regular habit of making drawings from daily life made on the hoof in my pocket book are perhaps the most important ingredient towards my practice. These pictures fuse my experience of sharing my life with three young children, with a more complicated need to use a growing bank of images I come across and find interesting as metaphors. It might be that I use a hut, a fenced off field, a flowerbed, a room seen at night framed by a window, a house set against a star-lit sky, birds on a bird table, a car on the motorway, a ferry lit up at night, as a subject for a painting. These sort of motifs keep reappearing in the work. They are things that I have picked out that we share as human beings, and they are the sort of experiences, that in the right light, I enjoy and fill me with a sense of wonder.

 

 "Other sources of inspiration come from books, especially novels, short stories and poems. I have just read Cormac MacCarthy’s harrowing and magnificent book The Road. How can I ever look at my children in the same light again after reading this book? Especially when, on a daily basis I feel, we all feel, the joy we find in life is being outsized by a feeling of growing dread and doom, as we strip our beautiful planet of its diversity and sustainability. Species by species, concreted acre by acre.

 

 "In a way painting is a poor substitute for poetry and a really brilliant short story, a sublime piece of music, a play that has the power to stop you in your tracks. But as a painter, my life would be so much drier without the inspiration from other art forms, the poems of Elizabeth Bishop, Alice Munroe’s stories, trips to the theatre, the heady mix of a fantastically intoxicating opera, listening to music as I paint as examples. (At the moment, depending on the painting, in the studio it’s a toss up between listening to The Dream of Gerontius, all songs by Randy Newman and John Coltrane’s Atlantic recordings.)

 


Featured works and projects

Woodcut of nocturnal paintings in a night garden

Night Sky

Triptychs and other woodcuts

New works on paper, Christina Parker Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada September 2014 , 12 September 2014

The Newfoundlands Series

Painter Tom Hammick has had over 40 solo shows internationally with work collected by the British Museum and The Yale Centre for British Art.

Never Far Inland

Never Far Inland at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities

Towards Night

Towards Night

This exhibition delves into the many interpretations and representations of the theme of night throughout art history.

Research activity 

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 5.

Hammick, Tom (2013) Night sky [Exhibition]

Hammick, Tom (2012) Island studio triptych [Artefact]

Hammick, Tom (2010) Eagle Gallery EMH Arts / 2010 [Exhibition]

Hammick, Tom (2009) Tom Hammick Never Far Inland [Artefact]

Hammick, Tom (2005) The Newfoundland series: the trail The Rooms, Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador, VARIOUS: Newfoundland & Labrador.

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Further scholarly and  professional activity

 

2015 Monograph on Tom Hammick's paintings and prints published by Lund Humphries, with text by Julian Bell and a museum tour starting at Bridport Arts Centre and ending at Flowers East, London

 

Solo shows

2015

  • The Launch of 'Touring Show' in conjunction with the publishing of monograph on the paintings and prints by Julian bell, Published by Lund Humphries. Bridport Arts Centre

2014

  • Painting Exhibition, Flowers London

2013

  • 'Map', with Patrick Jones. Baker Mamonova Gallery, St Leonard’s-on-sea, East Sussex
  • 'Eidetic', Kelly Ross Fine Art, Dorset
  • 'Hypnagogic', Gallery Prodromus, Rue Saint-Sebastien, Paris

2012

  • 'Dreams of Here',with Andrjez Jackowski and Julian Bel,Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • 'Evading Dystopia', New works, The Campden Gallery
  • Large Printworks, Where Where Gallery, Beijing
  • 'Night and Day', New Drawings and Printsworks, Rabley Drawing Centre
  • 'Night Prints', Christina Parker Gallery, Canada

2011

  • 'Edgeland', The Eagle Gallery, London

2010

  • 'Imitations of Nature: Woodcuts and other prints,' Flowers Galleries, London

2009

  • 'Pro Tem,' Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin
  • Retrospective of printworks
  • Esme Fairburn funded gallery; Northern Print in Newcastle; Salisbury Museum; touring show with catalogue funded by Canadian Council starting in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

2007

  • 'Page and Strange,' Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Christina Parker Gallery, Newfoundland
  • Eagle Gallery, London, UK
  • Camden Gallery, London, UK

2006

  • Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, Plural New Work, March to April
  • HQ Gallery, East Sussex
  • Kelly Ross, Dorset

2005

  • 'Project Space,' London Art Fair. I month of painting, January
  • Studio 21 Fine Art: Travel, New Work, 22 April 22 to 13 May
  • Chipping Camden Gallery, New Work, May to June
  • Stewart Zimmer Gallery, Arundel, May 2005
  • Flowers East Gallery, New Graphic Work, February 2005
  • An exhibition of Paintings and Prints since 2002 at The Hospital, Covent Garden, London, September to December

2004

  • Works on Paper, The Eagle Gallery, London
  • Kings, Lewes. New Paintings

2003

  • 'Homeland', new paintings at The Eagle Gallery, London
  • New monumental woodcuts and lithographs. Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London

2002

  • Tapestries, Itre, London
  • 'View from the Shore', Kings Gallery, Lewes

2000

  • 'New Paintings and Prints,' Redfern Gallery, London
  • 'Paintings, Tapestries and Prints,' a retrospective, etc. Gallery, Soho 601, London
  • 'The Surfer Paintings', The Eagle Gallery hosting at 45 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2
  • New Work, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Paintings and Prints, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin
  • 'Surfer paintings and Prints', Star Gallery
  • 'Surfers and the Martha Paintings', O C & C Strategy Consultants

1999

  • Glyndebourne Opera House. New prints and paintings Pelleas & Melissande andFlight and new tapestries
  • New Tapestries: Redfern Gallery
  • New Work. Paintings and Prints, Deutsche Bank. September-January
  • Hoxton Music Festival: New Prints for Opera, Pelleas and Flight
  • The Groucho Club: New Tapestries

1998

  • The Beach (prints), Eagle Gallery, London
  • Geography (new paintings), Eagle Gallery, London
  • 'Etchings, Drypoints and Monoprints,' Redfern Gallery, London
  • New Paintings, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • New Work, Star Gallery, Lewes, Sussex

1997

  • New Paintings, Redfern Gallery, London
  • Ballinglen Paintings, Duncan Cargill, London

1996

  • Arizona Road Series and New Work, Redfern Gallery, London
  • Rye Art Gallery, Sussex

1995

  • Breathing Again, Eagle Gallery, London

1993

  • Star Gallery, Lewes, Sussex

1992

  • New Work, Eton College, Eton

Group shows

2013

  • Jerwood Drawing Prize, Bournemouth Art Gallery
  • Summer Show, Royal Academy, London 
  • 'Carousel', Curated by Adam Bridgeland (With 10 invited artists), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
  • 'Multiplied 2013' with Rabley Fine Art, Christies South Kensington, London
  • IFAD Print Fair New York, with Flowers New York
  • Cutlog Art Fair, with Flowers Gallery, Paris

2012

  • 'Concerning Landscape', with Olafur EliassonThe Towner Gallery
  • Daiwa Foundation Shortlist Exhibition, Daiwa House, London
  • RA Summer Exhibition
  • 'Multiplied 2012' with The Rabley Drawing Centre
  • The Mechanical Hand, Artist's projects Pauper's press. King’s Place, King's Cross, London
  • The Mechanical Hand, ISBN13: 978 1 907317 58 3
  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize, London and Hastings
  • The Threadneedle Prize 2012, London
  • 100 prints by 100 Artists Flowers East Gallery, London

2011

  • 'Out of Drawing' Tom Hammick, Laura Carlin, Betsy Dadd. Zimmer Sterwart Gallery
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • New Woodcuts, Multiplied, Christies South Kensington with The Eagle Gallery
  • New Woodcuts with Flowers at the New York Print Fair, The Armoury NYC
  • The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries
  • New woodcuts shown with Flowers Gallery, IPDF Fair The Armoury, New York
  • New Works, mixed show in the new space, Christina Parker Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada

2010

  • 'When the Crows Fly White' with Tony Wilson and Andrjez Jackowski, St Anne’s Galleries, Lewes
  • Originals 10. Selected Artist, Mall Galleries.
  • Print Fair, Royal Academy with The Eagle Gallery and Flowers Graphics
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010

2009

  • Selected for the Northern Print Biennale, 2009, Newcastle
  • Chichester Open
  • Royal Academy Summer Show
  • 'Summer’s Lease', The Eagle Gallery with Nick Carrick, Sarah Sparkes, Philippa Sutherland and Amanda Vesey

2008

  • 'Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize', Royal Academy, West of England
  • 'Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize', University of Aberdeen
  • 'Autobiography': Flowers Graphics
  • Leaping Down to Earth:12 Poems by Robert Vas Dias responding to six pictures each by Tom Hammick and Stephen Chambers, ISBN: 978 0 905258 21 8
  • Family Values By Maureen Duffy, Book Jacket image Honeymoon 2003, Woodcut, Published by Enitharmon
  • 'Romance', The Kowalsky Gallery, DACS, London
  • The Summer Show, The Royal Academy
  • 'The Figure', Sarah Myerscough Fine Art
  • 'Small is Beautiful', Flowers East Gallery, London
  • The Print Fair, The Armoury, New York with Flowers Graphics

2007

  • 'Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize', NAS Galleries, Sydney, Australia
  • 'From Elsewhere', with Matthew Burrows, Denise de Cordova and James Fisher, The Campden Gallery, 
  • 'Advanced Graphics: Celebrating 40 Years', with Frost, Beattie, Hoyland and others
  • The Originals Works on Paper Fair at the Royal Academy with The Eagle Gallery
  • 'Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize', Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • Selected for The Sunday Times/Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Competition
  • Selected for The Discerning Eye Competition

2006

  • Flowers New York. 'British Printmakers'
  • Bonhams, London, The Sovereign Art Prize finalists 10 - 15 January
  • The Eagle Gallery, The London Art Fair, 17th- 22nd January
  • The Eagle Gallery, The Madrid Art Fair
  • 'Travel' - An exhibition of works at Clifford Chance
  • 'New Editions,' The Eagle with Peter Abrahams, Julia Farrer, Zara Matthews and Terry Smith
  • Kelly Ross, Dorst, Mixed Show
  • Camden Gallery, Mixed Show
  • Toronto Art Fair with Christina Parker Gallery
  • Works on Paper Fair, Royal Academy with Flowers Graphics
  • New York Art Fair with Flowers East Gallery
  • 'Drawing Breath: 10 years of The Jerwood Drawing Prize', Wimbledon College of Art
  • Contemporary Woocuts, Flowers East Gallery
  • 'Small is Beautiful', Flowers Central
  • Images used in Anthony Minghella’s film Breaking and Entering

2005

  • Jerwood Drawing Prize on tour to mac, Birmingham; EICH Gallery/Lincoln University & The Lowry, Salford
  • Rosanna Wilson Stephens Fine Art at Art 05
  • The Hunting Prize, 2005, RCA, London
  • 'Originals 05,' The Mall Galleries
  • 'Print Works' at The Campden Gallery with selected Artists from Marlborough and the Eagle
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, winner London Print Prize
  • Zimmer Stewart Gallery Christmas Show
  • New York Art Fair with Flowers East
  • 'Small is Beautiful,' Flowers East, November to December

2004

  • Hunting Prize, RCA, London
  • Art 2004, The Eagle Gallery
  • Originals '04, The Mall, London
  • Glyndebourne, New Monoprints and Paintings
  • 'Works on Paper' by Gallery Artists, The Eagle Gallery, London
  • Dacs 20th at the Mall Gallery
  • Royal Academy Summer Show
  • Star Gallery, Lewes. 'Hanging with the Coopers'
  • Chelsea Art Fair/Jagged Art
  • 20/21 British Art, Royal College with Wilson Stephens Fine Art
  • Toronto Art Fair/Studio 21 Fine Art
  • New York Print Fair with Sophie Hall
  • Homes and Gardens Stand, Decorex Interiors Fair with Lucy Elworthy
  • Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2004. London. On tour to Pittville Gallery,University of Gloucestershire; Bayart, Cardiff

2003

  • 'Art 2003,' Islington: Wilson Stephens Fine Art
  • Jagged Art in Start section at Art 2003, Islington,/li>
  • Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London
  • 'The Sussex Open,' Brighton
  • Paupers Press, New Publications, Venice and London
  • Art Frankfurt with the Eagle Gallery
  • Tapestries at Glyndebourne, 2003 Season
  • The Figure in Contemporary Print: Angela Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Rd, London

2002

  • Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art
  • Art 2002, Islington. Eagle Gallery, Wilson Stephens Fine Art and Advanced Graphics
  • Laing Landscape Competition, London
  • Conquest and Eastbourne Hospitals. Two person Drawing Exhibition with Jo Lamb
  • Jagged Art, Westbourne Grove, London
  • James Huntington Whitely, London (Football World Cup)
  • Gainsborough's House 'Drawing Open'
  • Wilson Stephen Fine Art at the British Art Fair, London
  • DACS Open, Q.E. 11 Centre, London
  • The Eagle Gallery: Three Printmakers. Stephen Chambers and Jane Joseph
  • Miniatures: From the Eagle to the Star, Lewes, Sussex
  • Wall to Wall. Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2001

  • 'Art 2001.' Work at The Eagle Gallery, Rosanna Wilson Stephens and Advanced Graphics
  • 'Gallery Artists: New Graphic Works,' The Eagle Gallery
  • 'Century by the Sea- Newhaven in painting.' The Chapel Arts Centre, Newhaven, Sussex
  • Jerwood Drawing Competition. Cheltenham, London and Hull

2000

  • 'Art 2000,' Islington, London with The Eagle Gallery and Advanced Graphics
  • Basel Art Fair, with The Eagle Gallery
  • Local Colour, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
  • New Tapestries,The Oxford Gallery
  • Five Gallery Artists, Star Gallery
  • Paintings and Prints, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Canada
  • Paintings and Etchings, Unit 26, London
  • Panel Paintings: Wilson Stephens Fine Art
  • The Redfern at Bearings Bank
  • The Redfern at Brighton Festival
  • Cheltenham Drawing Exhibition, touring to Hull and Switzerland through 2001
  • Core Arts at Barings Unit 26, 68 Dean Street, London
  • Undercurrents: Eagle Gallery, Three man show with Andrzej Jackowski and Matthew Burrows
  • Original Print Gallery, Dublin. Leading British Artists from Advanced Graphics

Competitions, awards and residencies

2013

  • Shortlisted for The Threadneedle prize
  • Discover The Valleys. Poster Campaign. Selected Artist

2012

  • Shortlisted for The Threadneedle prize
  • Shortlisted for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 
  • Selector for Bite

2011

  • Shortlisted for The Threadneedle prize

2009

  • Monotype Prize, The Originals Print show, London
  • Winner of the Nexus Prize, Newcastle
  • Selected for the Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle

2007

  • Pouch Cove Residency, Canada
  • Judge for the DLA Painting Prize, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
  • Monotype Prize, Originals 09, London

2006

  • Sovreign Arts Prize Exhibition, Bonhams, London
  • Crear Arts Foundation Residency, Scotland
  • Selector for Artist of the Day, Flowers Central. Selected: Helen Turner

2005

  • Residency to Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and support from the Canada Council, with a placement at the St. Michael's Print Workshop in St John's
  • The RE Award, selected for the Spectator Award Exhibition
  • The RA London Print Fair Prize, Royal Academy Summer Show

2004

  • Jerwood Drawing Prize, 3rd Prize-winner

2003

  • Joint Winner of the Sussex Open

2002

  • Arts Council, Southern and South East Arts: Major Development Award for monumental woodcuts, made at Hope Sufferance Studio, London
  • Selected for Drawing for All, Gainsborough's House Drawing Open

2001

  • Selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize

2000

  • Selected for the Cheltenham Drawing Competition

1999

  • Robert Fraser Award

1998

  • Winston Churchill Fellowship

1997

  • M c2 Print Exhibition, Norwich

1996

  • Ballinglen Arts Foundation Residency Award, Ireland
  • Lowick House Print Workshop Residency, Cumbria

1995

  • Nat West Young Artists Awards - Finalist

1994

  • Artist in Residence on the M.V. Radnes from Avonmouth to the Arctic
  • South East Arts, Travel Award to Yukon and Alaska

1993

  • Selected for Gilchrist Fisher Memorial Travel Fellowship
  • South East Arts, Artists in Schools Project, High Down Special Needs school, Worthing

1990

  • Selected for Contemporary View, Royal College of Art, London

1989

  • Selected for the Spectator Award Exhibition

Selected Bibliography, Catalogues and publications

  • The Times, Critic’s Choice, April 2013, Rachel Campbell Johnston
  • The Week, Selected Exhibiton: Panel Paintings at The Eagle Gallery
  • Elephant Magazine, 19th March 2013, Amandas Ong on 'Night Sky'
  • Critic's Choice, The Times, 2011, Rachel Campbell Johnston For The Threadneedle Prize
  • Critic's Choice, The Independent, 2011 Martin Gayford For The Threadneedle Prize

Public and Corporate Collections include

  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum collection of Prints and Drawings
  • Yale Centre for British Art, U.S.A.
  • De Beers, London
  • British Copyright Council
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Arthur Anderson PLC
  • British Midland 
  • BZW Bank, London
  • The Conquest Hospital, Hastings
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia
  • Clifford Chance, London 
  • Dorchester Hospital
  • Merryl Lynch-London, University of Washington Medical Centre, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Scripps Women's Centre, San Diego, U.S.A.
  • British Land, The Groucho Club, Barings Bank, London
  • DLA & Partners, Bank of Montreal Toronto
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
  • Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Canadian Provincial Gallery of New Brunswick
  • Chinese Academy of Fine Art
  • The Towner Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • The Biblioteque National, Paris
  • The Library of Congress Print Collection, USA.
         
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