Sky Garden at the Portland Restaurant
We have recently framed not one but two sets of Tom Hammick’s Sky Garden!
The first set now has pride of place at the Portland restaurant in Great Portland Street, W1.
The second set was framed for Flowers Gallery and the pictures below were taken at their stand at the London Original Print Fair in May 2018.
The prints were laid on to an acid free mountboard with deckled edge revealed and framed into a clear waxed oak with a subframe and acrylic spacers and split battens to hang.
It’s a five panel reduction woodcut, with each panel measuring 1220 x 410mm. The only way we could get away with using such a thin profile at that size was by adding a subframe to strengthen it. Big blocks of flat colour are prone to reflections so we used 3mm artglass to minimise this.
Sky Garden at the Flowers Gallery stand LOPF
Tom Hammick is known for sending his clients Christmas cards in the form of large prints, and here is the same print (for three different clients) that we framed in January 2018.
This gorgeous print was in part response to a skiing trip in Gremenz, Switzerland & is also in keeping with the German northern romantic tradition, especially with Tom’s hero, Caspar David Friedrich, where the larger than life moon is a metaphor for longing and unrequited love. The print is made using two types of wood, a piece of oak veneer and a sheet of marine ply where the differences in the woodgrain add to the patina of the finished piece. This is further enhanced by the use of Hahnemuhle’s antique glaze 90 g paper which has a subtle grid embossment.
1. Laid on to off White museum board, with a hand finished stained ash frame, acrylic spacers & low reflect art glass.
2. Laid on to dark blue conservation mount board with a navy frame to match & acrylic spacers.
3. Laid on to off White museum board with a black box frame, acrylic spacers and low reflect artglass.