Bill Hammond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1947, d.2021

Bone Yard Open Home, Cave Painting 4, Convocation of Eagles

  • 2008
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Purchased 2021 with assistance from Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation, Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, Lyttelton Port Company, Mel and Marcel Brew, Paul and Dianne Chaney, Liz Collins, Brian and Jannie Gillman, Max and Margaret Luisetti, Alison and Ian O’Connell, Gabrielle Tasman and Ken Lawn, Three Lakes Cultural Trust, along with 97 other generous individuals
  • 2200 x 4200mm
  • 2020/045

“It’s bird land. You feel like a time-traveller, as if you have just stumbled upon it – primeval forests, rātās like Walt Disney would make. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also full of ghosts, shipwrecks, death…” —Bill Hammond

Bill Hammond sailed to the remote Auckland Islands, south of Aotearoa New Zealand towards Antarctica, in 1989. Its landscape made a profound impression on him. Lined up on cliffs, staring out at the ocean, the birds of the Auckland Islands were unafraid of people, and Hammond imagined that Aotearoa looked very similar before human habitation. Different stories and timeframes and images collide in his canvasses as if in a dream, or as if fragments of consciousness were projected on to a screen. “I don’t have a tight brief”, he said. “I fumble around history, picking up bits and pieces.”

(Te Wheke, 2020)

Exhibition History