Pebble Heads Portrait – Jacqueline Hammond (acrylics 29x21cm)

This painting is a commissioned portrait for a client who’s giving it to his wife as a Valentine’s Day present. They’re collecting it tomorrow.

I have an ongoing series of paintings known as The Pebble Heads which depict people on a trip to the seaside here in Brighton, England. This is a popular series with visitors to JAG Gallery in Brighton, where I exhibit them. I can often be spotted scrabbling around on the beach collecting suitable shaped pebbles for these paintings.

I paint the subjects bodies directly on to the canvas but paint their facial features on to pebbles, incorporating the contours and markings of the pebbles.  I then  glue the pebbles to the canvas.

Most of the subjects in the series are based on my observations of people, but often the pebbles ‘become’ characters once features are painted on. The scene, the pose, the narrative of the portrait seem to occur simultaneously and becomes a caricature as painting progresses.

I accept commissions for portraits of family groups, couples or groups of friends. The client just emails photographs of the people to include in the portrait. A photo of the group is ideal as well as ones of the individuals, but it’s important to know the difference in height. I also ask for a few details about things such as favourite clothing, colours, accessories and an idea of character traits is also useful.

This is the painting of the family before their heads have been glued on to the canvas.

Surreal stage of the painting where the subjects have dismembered heads!

Pebble Head Portrait Commission - Jacqueline Hammond (Acrylics, 29x21cm)

Other paintings in The Pebble Heads series can be viewed at

About artbyjaxx

Contemporary British artist, Jacqueline Hammond, is renowned for producing strong, punchy images that are rich in texture and colour. A prolific painter and multidisciplinary artist, she exhibits widely and is commissioned by individual clients, collectors and high profile brands. Jacqueline’s inspiration comes from direct observation: subject matter is plucked from the world encountered every day. Some ideas evolve, others are reactionary. Thought-provoking themes explore today’s society, the media and cultural theory. Whether inspired by the street or the sea, Jacqueline’s work has an edge: her paintings are consistently striking. Her natural disposition is to let the paint dictate the creative process, trusting the medium and her mind’s eye to translate the vision.
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