(above l-r): Hamish Black working on Black Blackbird, which will be charred, in his studio; Kick and Sounds Like O
Hamish Black lives and works in Sussex. He gained a post graduate degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in leading colleges of art: Brighton, Bristol, Canterbury, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Royal College of Art and Wimbledon. Hamish Black collaborated with Sir Anthony Caro for 25 years.
Regular part time lecturing has sustained his studio and enabled Hamish to undertake a succession of commissions in the UK and Europe. His work may be found in major public and private collections.
Hamish Black has previously made three commissions for Brighton: Tree House, a major carved construction from elms brought down in the 1987 storm, his winning entry for the Great Hurricane Sculpture Competition, a national competition organised by Brighton Council; Brighton Light, fabricated in steel, for the University of Brighton; and Afloat, in cast bronze, which is situated on the seafront and is affectionately known as the ‘doughnut’, for Brighton & Hove City Council. Each of these three works, which display a catholic approach to materials, was Hamish’s response to a specific site. They were all made in his studio.
Hamish Black is regularly invited to exhibit his work, and was the subject of a solo show at Kapil Jariwala Gallery, New Burlington Street, London. His most recent group shows include ‘Crucible’ 1&2, curated by Pangolin Gallery at Gloucester Cathedral, ‘Fire and Brimstone’ and 'Sculptors' Drawings’ at Pangolin’s Kings Place gallery in London; ‘Journeys’ at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Christ Church University, Canterbury and a group show at the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro. Kick, which forms part of the current exhibition in the Secret Garden, was commissioned for the Paralympics Sponsorship Touring Exhibition.
Over the years, Hamish Black has participated in sculpture symposia, which have proved to be a valuable source of networking. These have included Collaborating with Caro at Central St Martin’s.
The three sculptures for the Secret Garden Trust inaugural exhibition: Black Blackbird, a major commission, Kick and Sounds Like O, are the latest in Hamish Black’s Sounds Like series. His explorations of sound and sound waves date back a number of years. At a major sculpture symposium in Finland, Hamish created a sculpture in cast iron, representing the the recorded spoken sound wave form of ‘Pirkalla’, the name of the host town of the symposium and the site for the finished work.