Artist Biography - Tom Hammick
Tom Hammick studied art history at Manchester University (1982-85), and Camberwell School of Art, London (1987-92) gaining a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Printmaking. He is currently senior lecturer in Fine Art, Painting & Printmaking at University of Brighton.
Hammick describes his landscapes as a metaphor to explore an “imaginary and mythological dreamscape....” The artist borrows from a wide variety of inspirations, from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting and contemporary cinema. Hammick’s interpretation of the sole human dwelling, grounded in an uncanny dream-state environment, creates the tense atmosphere of a psychologically-engaged thriller, or a urban nightmare.
Hammick's prints and paintings have an equal importance in his practice. Both informed by drawings, photographs and newspaper cuttings as source materials, each process feeds each other. His artworks are drawn and cut on the plates by hand, using either relief or intaglio processes, however the artist enjoys the use of digital processes, as he is always looking for new ways of making prints.
Tom's work shows visible links to a Romantic tradition, he expresses aesthetic meaning through the sublime power of nature, at the same time portraying a vision of the world by depicting its fragility. As an art teacher, Hammick is a passionate advocate of other artists’ practice. He also shares delicate taste, subject focus and inspiration with all kinds of other veins of visual culture from uneasy fictional literature to fashion, design and architecture.
Tom received a Winston Churchill Fellowship (1998), a Robert Fraser Award (1999) and was a prizewinner in The Sussex Open (2003) and also the Jerwood Prize in 2004. In 2009 he won the Monoprint Prize at Originals.
His printmaking output includes etching (with acquatint, chin colle, sugalift), reduction woodcut sometimes with hand colouring and often in "edition variable".
He was Artist in Residence on MV. Radnes, to the Artic Sea (1995); O.T. Unit, Royal London Hospital (1999) and Ballenglen Arts Foundation (1996); at Glyndebourne in 2007, 9 & 10 and Charleston in 2008; and at ENO, London in 2014.
In 2015 Touring Show will be at Bridport Arts Centre to coincide with the publication of a monograph on Hammick's paintings & prints written by Julian Bell.
His solo shows include Flowers (London and New york); Galerie Prodromus, Paris; The Eagle Gallery, London; Brighton Museum; The Redfern Gallery, London; Terrestial, Northern Print, Newcastle; Atlantic Provinces, Paul Kane, Dublin, Ireland and Studio 21, N.S. Canada.
His work has been in many group shows including The Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London (1997,2002,2003,2004); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2000, 2001, 2004); The Royal Academy Summer Show (2004, 2005, 2008 to 2017 inc). In 2011,12 & 13 he was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize and Daiwa Foundation Prize (2012).
His work is held in various public and private collections worldwide, including The British Museum, London; Yale Centre for British Art, Deutsche Bank; De Beers; ING Barings; Arthur Anderson; British Arts Council and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.