Bill Hammond ; Stephanie McEwin; 2005; 2007.003
W.D. Hammond, more commonly known as Bill, is one of New Zealand's most sought after contemporary artists whose idiosyncratic work has a large following. H attended Catnerury's Ilam School of Fine Arts, but began his career as a toymaker before turning to painting. The imagination needed for toy-making is evident in Hammond's works, which combine symbols and influences from an enormous range of sources and distinctive iconography.
Stephanie McEwin entered Farmer's advertising department at age 18, where she worked under the tuition of Edith van Handel for two years. For the following thirty years, she painted and sold work from home as she brought up her family. In 2007, she opened her own studio, Brook Art, which operated in central Christchurch.
McEwin's portrait of Bill Hammond was a finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery 2006 Adam Portraiture competition, painted when she was a neighbour of Hammond, living in Lyttleton. Although Hammond is notoriously reticent about being photographed and recorded, he agreed to let McEwin paint him. Hammond frequented one of her favourite cafes, and she painted him there over a cup of coffee. When McEwin asked him for advice for her painting, his reply was, "just paint your own life," which she inscribed on this portrait.
2005Medium and Materials
Watercolour on paper,
Lower right, "Brook"
27cm x 37cm
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