Jacqueline Hammond (also known as Jaxx) is a professional artist, businesswoman and mother of two juggling act! Her bright uniquely styled paintings are owned by private collectors from every corner of the world.
Jacqueline Hammond. Multidisciplinary artist, writer, academic and mother. Born in Romsey, Hampshire in 1973 spent her childhood in Devon. Early artistic memories include spending hours watching her grandfather paint. After completing an A-level in Graphic Design, then a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in English with Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, she was heading for the cyber revolution at a considerable rate of knots. Ahead of her times, yet under the influence of her elders she always knew she would return to art as her true love. As a college student she went with the flow, forming the basis of the Jaxx of all trades we’ve all grown to know and love (yeah yeah!). Now with two children, her life is chaotic and successful but her work is never done. A truly contemporary artist.
Careers over the years have included producing documentaries for television, teaching English and Media/Communication Studies, and running a gift shop in Devon when producing her range of hallmarked silver jewellery. A working artist and businesswoman since 2000 (which according to Baudrillard did not exist) she began her bread and butter line to fill the gaps between filming and producing in local TV land. Smartylamps wizened up in 2004 and began to take over and has since become a successful internet retail business selling smart, sculptural, designer lampshades. Jacqueline experienced an artistic renaissance in 2006; her preferred mode of expression in this period was painting, which has since become her primary discipline.
After dedicating several years to painting, Jacqueline has now produced a large body of work. Gaining a position as finalist in the prestigious ‘Seeking Picasso’ competition in 2007 gave Jacqueline a great kick-start for gaining more exposure and her paintings are now regularly being exhibited and sold. She is a keen photographer and has found recent success in exhibiting her photography. She describes her use of a camera as “a busy mother’s sketchbook” and never leaves home without one. (But then who does since the advent of smartphones)
Jaxx was one of the main artists in residence of the JAG Gallery. This thriving hub of creativity was located under the arches on Brighton’s seafront and was the studio/gallery space where the public could walk in and watch the residing artists at work and maybe even engage with them if the urge struck. In August 2015 Brighton & Hove Council forced the JAG Gallery into closure citing structural weakness of the Regency period building as the reason.
After being featured in the ‘Not the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’ – the artist was commissioned to produce a series she entitled ‘The Signification of the Poppy’. Taking the traditional poppy field landscape and giving it a topical, contemporary slant, the works depict the beauty of fields of flowers combined with the symbolic role of the poppy and its links to war throughout history. The poppy works led to a solo exhibition in Brighton’s Jubilee Library.
As well as having the gallery space at the JAG Gallery for many years – Jaxx has also previously been represented by The McNeill Gallery in Hertfordshire. Her work has been used by Hummingbird Studios (http://www.hummingbirdstudio.co.uk/) and Coco Interiors (http://www.coco-interiors.co.uk). Jacqueline is also now a regular exhibitor in Brighton Artists Open Houses and is becoming renowned for her fresh way of depicting Brighton.
Her work has proved popular locally as well as nationally, a best-selling artist at I Love Art. She’s also a fast mover and therefore a lot goes on. With more work than she can chew – her current goal is to increase her team so that the business side runs itself and creativity reigns. But she wouldn’t say she’s made it yet – not by far – ” I’ve only, really just started. But such is the dichotomy of being an artist\May the river, never run dry.”.
“If I had to describe my painting style, I’d say that I’m not tied to any specialisation and continue to experiment. I draw, sketch, frame, observe, visualise. I like to turn my hand to any inspiration that wafts into vision. I have more ideas than time. Rich-in-colour canvases dominate my collection which thrives on a strong sense of design and composition. Yet at the same time, every subject I want to paint brings its own style and, therefore its own treatment. A subconscious instinct drives my style; this is probably true for many painters.”
Themes explored include: a colourful, fat, 1950’s car-orientated Cuban series; abstract landscapes and sky formations; perspectives in architecture; finely captured, detailed figurative work; the ‘Life’s A Beach Series’, which gives a bird’s eye view of people on the whole stretch of Brighton beach; tidal seashore scenes that feature the starling’s sunset spectacle; studies of people’s silhouettes on the sea groynes that capture the essence of youth; the quirky ‘Pebble Heads’ series, which is proving popular and collectible; an unusual take on Venice that uses a comic strip architectural landscape with photo realist reflections to describe the city, with a twist.
Continuing the reflections theme, in which “the future’s so bright, it’s twisted”, Jacqueline’s ‘Acid Pavilion’ photo series depicts Brighton and Hove’s famous landmark as it’s never been seen before.
Says Jacqueline: “It’s amazing how a slight ripple on the pond’s surface could distort the building enough to make it look ‘wonky’ and ‘surreal’. The ripples accentuated the global influences in the architecture, somehow making them ‘of another world’ – alien, space age, futuristic, psychedelic.”
She adds: “Images reflect our modern day, digitally enhanced, saturated world and my paintings have a ‘hyper real’, graphic feel to them. Rather than attempt to paint the pavilion in a similar way, it made sense to use the photos themselves. Manipulating the photos with colour alterations in Adobe Photoshop gave the images a painterly quality.
“I think what my pictures say about Brighton is that the future’s bright, if a little twisted, and things aren’t set in stone. There’ll always be new ways of looking at the old and achieving regeneration – moving on to a ‘brave new world’.”
Jacqueline’s work is inspired by life’s rich tapestry and the constant flow of images absorbed by a discerning eye. While some artists can spend a lifetime tapping into a single style, others are able to turn their hand to anything that takes their fancy with alarming consistency. In 2011, Jacqueline embraced digital printing and launched Smartdeco, a new collection of art led products – such as deckchairs, cushions, bags and lampshades – that feature her artworks printed on to the fabric.
In 2012 the written, digitised world took precedence and won the last word. This is what’s happening now. It’s multimedia under the same brush – Jacqueline Hammond (last updated Oct 2012)
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“Life is not a bed of roses but there’s always something interesting to see.”
Jacqueline’s online portfolio and other aspects of her work can be opened up at http://www.jacquelinehammond.co.uk.
To discuss the real thing and view her works please email firstname.lastname@example.org.