The making of ‘A Troubled World’ – Signification of the Poppy series by Jacqueline Hammond

The Signification of the Poppy’ series began with a painting created for a web based competition in 2007 – ‘Seeking Picasso’ in which I was a finalist.

In week 3 the theme was ‘A Troubled World’ and the painting I produced was inspired by the situation in Afghanistan at the time and the metaphor of the poppy and its association with war.

Here are some images of the preliminary work behind the piece:

The final piece – A Troubled World, 70x70cm, Acrylics on canvas, Jacqueline Hammond

After the painting challenge came to an end I was commissioned by one of the judges from Seeking Picasso to produce a series of paintings for The McNeill Gallery, Radlett, Hertfordshire. This series was exhibited in the gallery and led to further representation. (the gallery has now relocated to Pewsey in Wiltshire)

Jacqueline Hammond's poppy paintings

Artist Jacqueline Hammond’s poppy paintings series McNeil Gallery

Synopsis to the Signification of the Poppy series:

The works finely depict the poppy as a metaphor. Some represent the emblem of poppy worn for Remembrance Day: another life, another loss. Others depict farmed opium poppies; their beauty offset by the reason for their existence, these represent the many current causes of conflict. In ‘A Troubled World’ and ‘Carpet of Red’ the suggestion of war is confirmed in the distance, where the rolling green hills when viewed more closely have a river of blood running between them, flowing down from the bloodshed in the barren, sandy, habituated hills.

Just proves beauty can be deceiving. A field of flowers; more than a pretty picture.

hammond art

War. Driving Miss Poppy Potty Jacqueline Hammond 2014 Mixed media

The series became a collection – View the collection here

Poppy bags by Jacqueline Hammond for SmartDeco at Spring Fair Gift Box Hall 5

Poppy Bags by Jacqueline Hammond featured in the Gift Box at Spring Fair - retail trend for 2014/15

Poppy Bags by Jacqueline Hammond featured in the Gift Box at Spring Fair – retail trend for 2014/15

All enquiries –

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.
This entry was posted in Art, Bite Sized Insights, Exhibited, Ideas and Revelations, Painting, Sold Paintings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply