Hammond grew up in Christchurch attending Burnside High School before going on to Ilam Art School at the University of Canterbury 1966 – 1969. He supplemented his income from painting making wooden toys and working in a sign-writing factory . His first solo exhibition was in 1987 at the Peter McLeavey Gallery in Wellington.
In 1989 Bill travelled to the Auckland Islands. This trip was deeply significant for his future work. Anthropomorphic bird people in emerald appear on the canvas in lush New Zealand native bush. In later works the birds become golden. Music and social conscience themes prevail as the paintings are his comments on contemporary society.
Image Dimensions: 385mm W x 285mm H