The late John Hammond was one of Marine House at Beer’s long-established artists and will be sadly missed by a large group of enthusiasts for his work, both in the UK and further afield.
Trained at Wimbledon Art College before obtaining an honours degree at Bath Academy of Art in 1982, John built a reputation as one of Britain’s finest acrylic painters. His impressionistic style conveys an elusive sense of place. Travelling at home and abroad he made detailed sketches and notes; then returning to his studio he created the atmosphere of the various places he visited through a sensuous play on light and colour and visual clues.
From the rich landscape of southwest England, to the glowing Amalfi Coast and vivid scenes of London, John is a true master of his subject. He once commented: “I always know a painting is successful if it tugs at my heart strings and pulls me back to a time and a place, to that first-hand experience of the senses and emotions which call to be painted, to be captured and shared.”
John’s painting methods have been the subject of several books and a film. He has been elected a Fellow the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). Marine House has exhibited John’s work for over 20 years with many very successful solo shows to his credit.