Bill Hammond: Playing the Drums

3 August 2019 – 19 January 2020

A selection of work by Aotearoa New Zealand's favourite painter/drummer

From his early frenetic interior views where crazed rock singers scream for attention, to his famous paintings of elegant bird-humans staring silently into the distance, this curatorial collaboration between artist Bill Hammond and curator Peter Vangioni provides a welcome opportunity to view works by one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s favourite painters. Hammond is also a musician – a drummer – and musical references are littered throughout the drawings, prints and paintings in the exhibition. Highlights include the massive Cave Painting 4, the first time this major painting has been exhibited in Christchurch, as well as old favourites like The Fall of Icarus, which hasn’t been on display since before the earthquakes, and rarely seen paintings from the artist’s own collection