Tom’s work is always characterised by strong colour and bold design. His new show opening in New York this week reveals an even more vivid vision – vibrant dreamscapes with a fairytale quality. It is aptly entitled “Hypnagogic” : a word describing a period of drowsiness immediately before or after sleep and his paintings, woodcuts and collaged dry-points have the feel of half dreams; with small figures dwarfed by large buildings in highly coloured surroundings. His is a world of heightened reality.
As a painter, and in particular as a printmaker, Hammick has been influenced by looking at traditions of art outside Western culture including Japanese print and film, Chinese scroll painting and Indian miniatures.
Hypnagogic – runs from September 11th until October 11th 2014 at Flowers Gallery, 529 W 20th St New York, NY 10011