Whitford Fine Art
6 Duke Street St James's
London SW1Y 6BN

020 7930 9332

Join our Mailing List

Join Whitford Fine Art on Facebook   Follow Whitford Fine Art on Twitter   Join the Whitford Fine Art mailing list

All text and images
© Whitford Fine Art 2017

Kim Hamisky (French 1943-2002)

Trained as a painter, Hamisky started as a lyrical abstractionist, applying craft techniques such as carved wood or lacquer in order to give his work an aspect of perfection. His paintings displayed a marvellously impeccable surface through which the background was visible, thus creating the impression of a tear or accident to the painting.

In 1969, as the son-in-law of Claude and Fran├žois-Xavier Lalanne, his attention inevitably turned to sculpture. Over the years, key to his iconography was the alteration of the practicality of objects as well as the reference to a previous human action, as is brilliantly displayed in his famous bronze 'Knot' and Le Complex de Janus.

During the 1980s, Hamisky made a series of human heads, often using Japanese theatre or the Art Deco style as a point of departure. His heads recall mythological archetypes as well as powerful magic rituals.