Acrylic on kauri
890 x 970mm
Born in Christchurch, the artist attended Ilam School of Fine Arts from 1966–68. Between 171–81 he designed and manufactured wooden toys before devoting himself to painting full-time from 1982 when he held his first exhibitions at the Brooke Gifford Gallery. Since then he has exhibited throughout New Zealand and in 1987 received a QEII Arts Council Grant to build a studio at Lyttelton where he lives. The title of this painting is a pun on the adhesive qualities of cling film and rap music.
The work is the artist’s attempt to come to terms with the music by using imagery drawn from comics, advertising graphics, doodles and popular culture in general. In doing so Hammond usually says something of a critical nature about consumer society. Here, vividly communicating visually the energy of rap music, it is achieved with greater humour than in many of his other works.