Singer With Band

Marsha Hammel

TitleSinger With Band
ArtistMarsha Hammel
Paper Size (W x H)26 x 46 ins
Edition Size195
Price £780.00

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Marsha Hammel was inspired particularly to paint this scene in Singer with a Band by a film of the young singer Billie Holliday, whose trademark was a large white flower behind her ear. The painting is also characterised by the artist's sense of colour. Marsha Hammel decided in the 1980s, when painting in the sub tropics, that colour was taking over her compositions and decided to limit her pallet to earth pigments: black, white, ultramarine, alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow medium. Since then, colour has gradually returned to her art but, as this painting shows, this simple pallet is still the basis of her work today.

The vibrant cultures acquired in her home cities, in particular from her time in New Orleans, Miami and Quebec, have inspired Marsha Hammel's passion for the two prevalent themes in her art, music and figure. During her education, Marsha Hammel was taught a classical and European approach to art and, in spite of being told later that contemporary artists should produce conceptual or abstract pieces, the classical idea still governs her work. In its mastery of line, Singer with the Band shows clearly the skills of the draughtsman which Marsha Hammel acquired through her early training of this kind.

Each print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist. The certificate is numbered to match the print.

About the Artist

Marsha Hammel

Born in Florida in 1949, Marsha Hammel has lived in Panama, Italy, Germany, and Canada. She has travelled the United States extensively, spending time in the west and north-east as well as in the Sunbelt cities of Richmond and New Orleans.

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