Ahead of the opening of his new gallery in Bosham, Ken Hammond tells us a bit about his career as an artist.
I have been a professional artist since 1971 and am self-taught. I first exhibited my work on the Hyde Park railings at Bayswater, central London, where I realised my work had a public appeal. A lifetime love of boats and the sea brought me to the south coast, where I now live and work.
I made a name for myself in the art world as a traditional artist and my work has been sold in many galleries throughout the UK.
In developing my style of traditional marine art, I have spent time crewing various sailing vessels, including The Sir Winston Churchill (a top sail schooner) and Thames barges. These experiences have helped with my understanding of the rigging and working of old sailing ships.
Further to my traditional work, in recent years I have developed more contemporary styles and techniques, moving with current trends within the art world and appealing to a much wider following. I work in mediums including watercolour, pen and ink, oil and acrylic and like to experiment with new techniques and materials, such as painting on glass, using metallic leaf and trilogy box canvases.
Although marine art is my forte, from fishing villages to battle scenes, I also paint landscapes, specific buildings and street scenes – some of which have been used for puzzles and calendars.
For many years I have maintained a small gallery in the Bosham Walk Craft Centre, West Sussex. This will now become a print gallery as I have a new originals gallery opening on 10th February, across the road from Bosham Walk in the double fronted shop which was Sims-Williams Estate Agents. It is there you will often find me painting and I will always be happy to discuss my painting techniques and potential commissions.
The Hammond Gallery, 2 Broadbridge House, Bosham, opening is on Saturday the 10th of February, 10am-5pm. There will be a selection of Ken’s original artwork painted especially for the opening, as well as wine and nibbles all day. All welcome! See http://www.ken-hammond.com for more information on his work. Tel 01243 575470, or email email@example.com.