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Laurence Aberhart & Bill Hammond
31 March – 24 April 2021
Install view
XUT install view
XUT install view
Laurence Aberhart
XUT install view
Near Moonlight, Taieri Ridge, 18 February 1999
Laurence Aberhart
Platinum palladium print, 89 x 132 cm (framed)
Zoomorphic Lounge
Bill Hammond, 1999
Acrylic on linen , 200 x 84 cm
Zoomorphic Detail
Bill Hammond, 1999
60 x 40 cm, Acrylic on linen
Taranaki from Oeo Road, under moonlight, 27-28 September 1999
Laurence Aberhart
Platinum palladium print, 88 x 120 cm (framed)
Taranaki, Whanganui, 2 July 2011
Laurence Aberhart
Platinum palladium print, 88 x 120 cm (framed)
Cave Painting 13
Bill Hammond
Acrylic on metal shelf, 37 x 92 cm
Taranaki, Whanganui, 2 July 2011; Cave Painting 13
Laurence Aberhart & Bill Hammond
Mitimiti, Northland, 6 October 2018
Laurence Aberhart
Silver gelatin, selenium toned, 44 x 48 cm (framed)
Two Tokelauan youths, Taupo, 14 February 1994
Laurence Aberhart
Silver gelatin, selenium toned, 44 x 48 cm (framed)
Halcombe, Manawatu, 12 March 2020
Laurence Aberhart
Silver gelatine, selenium toned, 44 x 48 cm (framed)
Courtney Place,Wellington, 20 January 1990
Laurence Aberhart
Silver gelatin, selenium toned, 44 x 48 cm (framed)
Milton, Otago, 2 May 2004
Laurence Aberhart
Silver gelatine, gold and selenium toned, 44 x 48 cm (framed)

Laurence Aberhart and Bill Hammond lived for nearly a decade very near to each other on the Banks Peninsula. The pair met standing on the street in Akaroa in the early 1970s and shortly after both moved to Lyttelton.

After brief stints with other occupations – Bill as a toymaker & sign writer and Laurence as a teacher, among other things – each dedicated themselves full-time to art making, exhibiting at the Brook Gifford Gallery in Christchurch and then later, here at the Peter McLeavey Gallery in Wellington.

Over their independent, decades-long careers, each artist emerged as a leading figure in his respective field.

Laurence's black and white photographs became an "indelible record of Aotearoa/New Zealand ... a detailed and ongoing investigation of its people, landscape and history" and Bill's otherworldly paintings – first of modern life and then of landscapes populated by bird figures – emblems of myth-making.

XUT brings together work by two friends, two artists, two singular people, to celebrate an artist's life.

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