ROY HAMMOND (Born 1934)

During the last twenty five years Roy Hammond has built up a devoted following for his watercolours through eight sell-out shows at the Chris Beetles Gallery, St James’s, London: Journey Down the Nile (1987), In Istanbul (1988), Roy Hammond’s London (1990) and Roy read more...

During the last twenty five years Roy Hammond has built up a devoted following for his watercolours through eight sell-out shows at the Chris Beetles Gallery, St James’s, London: Journey Down the Nile (1987), In Istanbul (1988), Roy Hammond’s London (1990) and Roy Hammond’s Travels (1992). Each exhibition has focused on his responses to particular locations, both domestic and foreign, so that his oeuvre as a whole suggests an artist in the tradition of the Victorian or Edwardian travelling painter; he has shown allegiance to Turner and Goodwin in his ‘souvenirs’, a term which also calls to mind the work of Brabazon.

In his youth Roy Hammond had some success as a footballer playing for Ilford, Barking and other Essex teams and earning the name of ‘indefatigab
le’. This sobriquet equally describes Roy Hammond as artist for, while maintaining a modest, even self-deprecating stance, he works with determination. Painting for him is not an activity which relaxes; he finds it ‘either exhilarating or depressing’ and always a challenge. He compares his artistic endeavors to his former career as an Engineering Designer for Ford Motors, explaining that an engineering background has encouraged him to act opportunistically, always making the best of circumstances.

Since his retirement, Roy Hammond has devoted his time to painting and has developed and strengthened his unique approach. Working as a member of the exclusive Wapping Group of Artists, he has learnt most from the group by defining his differences from it. While
⁄other members of the Wapping Group set to work immediately, tending to complete paintings on site, Roy Hammond approaches a landscape more slowly, making watercolour sketches to be finished or reworked in the studio.

During a period of travel, Roy Hammond hopes to finish four or five studies in a day. Having found a suitable view, he sits down to work and begins immediately in watercolour on paper, finding as a draughtsman that pencil is too familiar and facile a medium. Accepting a long gestation period, he often returns to these sketches after months, even years, to find both solutions to old problems and fresh paintings in tried compositions; a new vigour has recently developed through working on a larger scale. Taking a craftsman’s approach to the art of watercolour, he builds a picture in stages, gladly enlisting any technique to achieve the intended effect. Careful to avoid fussy gestures, he concentrates upon the special atmosphere of each place that he visits.

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RIEVAULX ABBEY by ROY HAMMOND

RIEVAULX ABBEY

AUTUMN FIRES, LE MUY FRANCE by ROY HAMMOND

AUTUMN FIRES, LE MUY FRANCE

A WAPPING WEDNESDAY   HEYBRIDGE BASIN ESSEX by ROY HAMMOND

A WAPPING WEDNESDAY HEYBRIDGE BASIN ESSEX

MALDON, ESSEX by ROY HAMMOND

MALDON, ESSEX

COOKING COCKLES, WHITSTABLE by ROY HAMMOND

COOKING COCKLES, WHITSTABLE

LOW CLOUD, GREENLAND, EAST COAST by ROY HAMMOND

LOW CLOUD, GREENLAND, EAST COAST

MORNING PALE, O'KEEFFE COUNTRY, NEW MEXICO by ROY HAMMOND

MORNING PALE, O'KEEFFE COUNTRY, NEW MEXICO

ISOLA MADRE FROM BAVENO, MAGGIORE by ROY HAMMOND

ISOLA MADRE FROM BAVENO, MAGGIORE

HONG KONG AT NIGHT by ROY HAMMOND

HONG KONG AT NIGHT

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY, BAND OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY by ROY HAMMOND

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY, BAND OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

DENMARK STRAIT (ARCTIC CIRCLE) by ROY HAMMOND

DENMARK STRAIT (ARCTIC CIRCLE)

MIST ON THE THAMES, LONDON by ROY HAMMOND

MIST ON THE THAMES, LONDON

RIVA DEGLI SCHIAVONI, VENICE by ROY HAMMOND

RIVA DEGLI SCHIAVONI, VENICE

TOLLESBURY FLEET by ROY HAMMOND

TOLLESBURY FLEET

NIGHT SKY WEST MERSEY by ROY HAMMOND

NIGHT SKY WEST MERSEY

AN ITALIAN LAKE by ROY HAMMOND

AN ITALIAN LAKE

TIME FOR A BEER  by ROY HAMMOND

TIME FOR A BEER

THAMES LONDON by ROY HAMMOND

THAMES LONDON

ST PAULS FROM THE SOUTHBANK  by ROY HAMMOND

ST PAULS FROM THE SOUTHBANK

A NILE SUNSET by ROY HAMMOND

A NILE SUNSET

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