Lewis Hammond

During July C4RD is holding a Hatley Residency featuring recent graduate from the Royal Academy Schools Lewis Hammond. Lewis Hammond’s practice is rooted in painting, although steeped with historical and mythical imagery that is nonetheless emblematic of the contemporary world.

Using the language of figurative painting Hammond constructs a parallel realm of surreal and psychologically charged images to explore aspects of human experience in an increasingly pluralistic world. Universal notions of love, desire, violence, and morality mix with his own sense of subjectivity, which get played-out in the process and activity of painting. In these paintings subject and object, materiality and metaphor, reality and representations are always shifting and never quite weighted into place or time.

In drawing terms, Hammond’s method sits in a tradition where drawing can be thought of as embodying (the projection of) an image as idea – one held in the mind and realised on the canvas. As with the work of Peter Doig, this idea | image is usually achieved after several attempts or iterations of the same image.

The residency can be viewed by appointment at 2 – 4 Highbury Station Road, Highbury Islington N1 1SB, London. C4RD is a Registered UK Charity 1123530, and would particularly like to acknowledge the support for this exhibition of the Dovehouse Trust.