Riding West II, 2016, Oil on canvas
Candida Stevens asked a selection of artists to create or select work which answered the question “What is iconic to you, or what is happening now that you think will be the iconography of tomorrow?”
The chosen work will be exhibited together in this group show in Chichester.
"The results are fascinating, not leastbecause these artists are uniquely placed as our observers,commentating on our time, in our time. Such a direct questionalso means that the work each artist has created or selected isa personal response, with particular pertinence on a subjectthat matters to them. Politics, fame, love, romance, myths andthe environment are largely represented in the form of activists,politicians, celebrities, campaigners and Earth itself. Thesepieces could therefore be amongst the most important, andpotentially valuable pieces, of each of the artists’ work." Candida Stevens
Tom Hammick is among the exhibiting artists, who made this statement about his chosen piece for the show:
"Cowboys are an anachronism in this day and age. So why do I paint them regularly? Why are they such iconic subject matter for me? There is a strong need for me to have a metaphorical component to my work. I sift through potential images and motifs that I have gathered up from a variety of sources. Lone Cowboys reoccur a lot!
Specifically this painting has something to do with the following; To be an artist I am a loner. Always drifting off in mind and body. Impossible to live with. Being an outdoorsy sort of man, never more content than sleeping out under the stars, a cowboy has always been my alter ego since I was a child. Romantically (leaving out the horrors of the Native American Pogrom) I have always seen Cowboys as deeply flawed human beings like myself and sad pioneers, and Westerns have all the ingredients of modern day Sci fi. Both genres often explore the literary ideas of solitude, self discovery, a world in crisis, the quest. Ideas about a sense of belonging, where we live, whether it is even possible to have a home. Love and loss, riding out as things get tough. These are re-occuring themes in my work."