The Fall of Icarus by Bill Hammond
Art Print (Giclee)Approximate image size in millimetres: 600 x 600
High quality giclee print of Hammond’s 1995 painting “The Fall of Icarus”. From Hammond’s bird series this painting references Brueghel’s 16th century painting of the same name in composition and theme. Described in the catalogue that accompanied the touring exhibition “Jingle Jangle Morning” like this “Hammond’s signature vistas of colouristic stains and drips of acrylic emerald paint are inhabited by sharp-beaked, silkily dressed avian beings balanced on finely decorated branches....in this moral lesson on the dangers of hubris, Hammond’s birds look on dispassionately, their own wings emphasising the absurdity of Icarus’s fatal desire [to fly close to the sun].” The bird series of paintings are “zoomorphic”, representations of animal forms and transformations sparked by Hammond’s dismay at the loss of NZ’s flora and fauna since settlement, perpetrated even by the very people who celebrated our unique plants and animals such as the “animal stuffer” Buller of the famous book “Buller’s Birds of NZ”.
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