Waiting for Time (study), 2016, Oil on canvas
A series of paintings and woodcuts by Tom Hammick inspired by the sea will be exhibited at Sladers Yard, Bridport. The sea has been a recurring image throughout Hammick’s work, often as a location of dreams or escape from a world in crisis. In the present exhibition, figures, often recognizable as members of the artist’s family, are pictured adrift – inhabiting islands circled by rising seas and erupting volcanoes, or sailing into a wide and empty sea.
Hammick creates a sense of anxious detachment in his work through an emotive use of colour. He describes this as ‘an underswell of magenta that tingles like an after-image beneath the eyelid’, invoking lingering memories of the state between waking and dreams. While clearly linked to a Romantic tradition, searching for poetic meaning through the awe-inspiring power of nature, Hammick’s work shares sensibilities with contemporary media from uneasy fictional dystopias to current affairs, fashion, design and architecture.
Artist Talk: Tom Hammick will be in conversation with Ivan Samarine on Saturday 8th October, 3.30pm. Tickets: £5 from Sladers Yard.