Tonight we’re going to look at an artist who we worked with first in 2016 and had a residency with us in 2017 where he worked on the critically acclaimed suite ‘Lunar Voyage’, Tom Hammick.

Tom Hammick printing, 2017

Originally we invited Tom to Peacock in the Autumn of 2016 where he made 3 fantastic prints:

The Bay Coming In (in Homage to Harland Sohlberg’s Fisherman’s Cottage of 1906) by Tom Hammick (2016, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Tom Hammick printing ‘The Bay Coming In (in Homage to Harland Sohlberg’s Fisherman’s Cottage of 1906)’

 

Shooting Stars In Your Black Hair by Tom Hammick (2016, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Waiting for Time by Tom Hammick (2016, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

The last one can be seen (virtually) now in Tom’s most recent exhibition ‘Atlantica’ at the Lyndsey Ingram Gallery.

On his return in 2017 he published 9 of the 17 prints for the ‘Lunar Voyage’ suite, including these:

Cloud Island by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Lunography by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Nightfall by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Sky Atlas by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Terrestrial by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

 

Wake by Tom Hammick (2017, Edition variable reduction woodcut)

Our own David McCracken writes about Tom’s process in the ‘Lunar Voyage’ publication:
“Tom’s work challenges his chosen medium. His own assortment of mark-making tools include a drill for the stars, an angle grinder for seas, a chisel for rooftops, brushes for backgrounds, knives for branches, a jigsaw for people and gouges for detail. Individually scribed blocks require each member of the assembled team to cut a section drawn in pencil by the artist. This trust, willingness to share and ability to let go is both pluralistic and democratic.”

Laser etched moon used for Lunography print by Tom Hammick

Tom embraced the technology available at Peacock as can be seen particularly on Lunography where the large moon was laser cut and engraved and can now be seen in pride of place on our front desk.

‘Lunar Voyage’ has been exhibited in New York, London, Halifax (Canada), Minneapolis and Aldeburgh. The Flowers Gallery exhibition in New York was  reviewed in Art Forum by distinguished American art critic Donald Kuspit:
“One might say that Hammick is an ironical dialectician: He persuades incommensurate forms to relate but not integrate, as though magnetically attracted to each other but unable to reconcile. The images in this show seemed to posit that Freud was right when he said that making art is magical thinking – as dreams are  – and that art is the last place where the omnipotence of thought holds sway.”

Lunar Voyage by Tom Hammick publication

We have the prints he made with us in 2016 available on our online store as well as the 48 page catalogue produced for the New York exhibition – https://peacock-visual-arts.myshopify.com/collections/all/hammick-tom and we also have the Lunar Voyage suite, contact us for more details.

The Guardian did a wonderful article on the London show with some great description of the work by Tom – https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/apr/10/lunar-voyage-tom-hammick-star-man-odyssey-in-pictures

There’s a great time-lapse video of Tom in the workshop made by former Peacock Digital Studio Manager Iain Gildea.