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Roy Hammond (born 1934)


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 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 'indefatigable'. 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.

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