Friday, 10 August 2012

Larry Ham

I was first introduced to the work of Guernsey artist Larry Ham by art historian and writer Peter Davies who wrote a book on Larry's life and work appropriately named 'Larry Ham - Guernsey's Cornish-Born Artist'.
Born in Newquay in 1930, Larry spent the last 50 years of his life in Guernsey with his wife Paddy who was also born in Newquay and who spent her working life as a school teacher on the island.
Larry attended Chelsea School of Art. His abstract paintings were strongly influenced by the work of French painter Nicolas de Stael and have been exhibited widely both during his lifetime and after his death in 2007.
Peter's book on Larry's interesting and varied life makes excellent reading and is available in the gallery along with a fine selection of Larry's paintings.
I had the good fortune to be invited to Paddy's delightfully situated bungalow home and studio overlooking the Atlantic where she and Larry spent many happy years and which now houses Larry's remaining works. After a most memorable day spent there earlier this week, I look forward to receiving a shipment of some of Larry's larger paintings which will be exhibited in the gallery later in the year.

Paddy at the Pompidou in front of de Staels

                                                                    Spanish Hilltop


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