This exhibition focuses on isolated exteriors, from the artists Tom Hammick and Henry Hudson. Both create surreal and lonely worlds, using unnatural, vivid and somewhat psychedelic colours, with an eerie quality. Where Hudson’s ‘Jungle’ landscape is dense and stifling, Hammick’s world of ‘Andrjez’s Cabin’ is vast and empty, yet both produce an imaginary and mythological dreamscape for the observer.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the nation’s best loved institutions, the NHS, Imperial Health Charity asked seven artists to produce limited edition prints for their collection, The NHS 70th Anniversary Print Portfolio, to raise funds which will go directly to the NHS for projects within these busy London hospitals. As one of the seven, Hammick created the piece Andrzej’s Cabin, in the hope of conjuring up the feeling of wonder and peaceful seclusion that he gains from the natural world for patients and hospital staff alike. 50% of all proceeds from this limited edition print are donated to the Imperial Health Charity.
The portfolio includes works by Sir Peter Blake, Mona Hatoum, Elizabeth Magill, Jeremy Deller, David Mach RA, and Chris Orr RA. In addition, 10 charity prints have been offered as gifts to the hospitals, and an exhibition of the seven prints will tour St Mary’s, Charing Cross, and Hammersmith Hospitals throughout 2018.
Working with woodcut prints is what Hammick loves, remarking that "there is a liberation with the finality of a mark made on the plate." He creates a distorted world with his surprising yet effective colour pairings and simplistic backdrops. His isolated landscapes, alongside colourful silhouettes, create beautiful and striking compositions that feel otherwordly and yet uncannily familiar.
Within the ‘Jungle’ series, Hudson takes on the awe-inspiring subject of botany, creating a depiction of the same landscape at eight different times of day, observing the transformative nature of light and darkness over his imaginary landscape. These nature paintings, while figurative, offer an abstract investigation into the artist’s philosophy of transgression and transcendence.
For the past 7 years, Hudson’s medium of choice has primarily been plasticine. With this material he creates paintings that have a depth and sculptural quality that cannot be replicated with oil paint. In preparation he softens the plasticine over a hotplate so that it can be manipulated with his fingers. It is then mixed, then empastoed thickly on boards in several layers of colour, and finally sculpted and texturised with biros, paint brushes and other makeshift tools.
Both artists’ works can be found in public and private collections across the globe, with Tom Hammick currently exhibiting in the Flowers Gallery in New York, and Henry Hudson at Albion Barn in Oxfordshire, as well as many other locations globally throughout both their careers.