Bill Hammond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1947, d.2021

Living Large 6

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

There’s no big break. It’s just a slow game. —Bill Hammond, 2002

Bill Hammond: Playing the Drums (3 August 2019 – 19 January 2020)

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • 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)