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Bill Hammond's Parliament Of Foules

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This chapter focuses on the art of New Zealand painter Bill Hammond. Hammond was profoundly impressed by the sight of hundreds of big sea-birds lined up for hours at a time along the rocky foreshore, staring out to sea. This scenario of innumerable watching birds being watched in turn by the artist becomes Hammond’s source for years of continuous invention and variations on a set of related themes. Hammond’s glassy palettes hint towards a fragile microcosm, a newborn world signifying the continually renewable power of the pictorial imagination to inscribe detailed and fragile maps of utopian possibility, of new ways to be more human by becoming more avian.

Keywords: avian world; Bill Hammond; Hammond’s bird paintings; pictorial imagination



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