Larry Ham 1934-2007
Larry Ham (1934-2007)
Larry Ham was born in Newquay, Cornwall in 1934 and attended Chelsea School of Art where Vivian Pitchforth taught him drawing. He moved to Guernsey in 1958 where he spent the rest of his life with his Cornish born wife, Paddy. He exhibited in the legendary ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ series at the Leicester Galleries and later had a successful solo exhibition with the Cooper Gallery in London..
During a productive half century Larry Ham developed a powerful and distinctive semi-abstract style. His gritty physical paint handling and natural ability to reduce and eliminate unnecessary detail, struck at the heart of the mainly maritime themes that inspired him.
Larry Ham died in 2007 and a retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 2009 at Guernsey Museum, St Peter Port. The author and critic, Peter Davies, was commissioned by Ham’s family to write his biography and, as a recognised author on Cornish art, Davies warmed to the task. ‘Larry Ham – Guernsey’s Cornish-Born Artist’ was published in 2010.
Oil on card, 8.5 x 13 inches, Signed.