Bill Hammond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1947

Living Large 6

  • Christchurch Art Gallery Trust Collection
  • Acrylic on unstretched canvas
  • 2100 x 2940mm
  • L02/2009
  • 1995

Pale, birdlike figures look into the distance from tall trees, like so many watchers on a ship’s mast. Behind and above the windswept waves, a Victorian gentleman-horse is seated with his whippet and double bass. Watched by an assembly of shadowy birds’ heads, he remains dignified and untroubled, appearing destined for a life of ambitious success. He seems oblivious to the impact of his presence.

(Beasts, 2015)