6 – 25 November 2014
about the exhibition
Kirrily Hammond’s paintings and drawings are directly inspired by a sensitive interpretation of her surroundings. She “seeks to capture quiet moments of sublime in the everyday” with her most recent work inspired by back suburban streets at dusk, when as the light begins to fade, familiar features become almost indistinguishable. Though the majority of the works depict scenes from Melbourne, there is a universal quality within each painting; they could be scenes of any suburban house, on any suburban street.A soft rendering of atmospheric effects and a delicate attention to detail are employed in Kirrily’s imagery to create an air of romance and nostalgia, seen in both her exquisite paintings and drawings.
Born in Newcastle, Kirrily Hammond studied at the Canberra School of Art and Glasgow School of Art, graduating with Honours in 1997. She completed a Masters in curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2002, leading her to a successful career as a curator within state, regional and academic art institutions. She has been exhibiting her work in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne since 1995 and her career has blossomed over this time. In 2005, Kirrily was awarded a Harold Wright Scholarship to study at the British Museum in London and, since then, has been employed as Curator – Collection at the Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne. Kirrily Hammond’s work is held in numerous collections including the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), Australian National University, University of Wollongong and Latrobe Regional Art Gallery.