Bill Hammond

William (Bill) Hammond (born 1947 in Christchurch) is a New Zealand artist.

Bill Hammond
NationalityNew Zealander
EducationIlam School of Fine Arts
Known forPainting

Hammond attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury from 1966 to 1969, and has worked as a full-time painter since 1981 (in between times working as a toymaker). His paintings feature two common themes - reference to popular music (often 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 artists such as Hieronymus Bosch.

His best known work is probably the painting "Waiting for Buller" (1993 ), which refers to the ornithologist Walter Lawry Buller.

Artist influences and themes

Lyttelton artist Hammond spent the 1970s working in design and toy manufacturing, returning to painting in 1981. Hammond’s work tackles social and environmental issues, conveying messages about humanity and its status as an endangered species.

Hammond's work also covers a range of references including folk art, popular culture, Renaissance art and architecture, ancient Assyrian and Egyptian art, decorative arts, and Japanese woodblock prints.

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