Patrick Grady

Local artist Stuart Hammond has launched a new exhibition of his artwork in my constituency office. Stuart is the latest artist to take part in the project to promote local creative talent in the constituency.

The up and coming Glasgow-based artist creates intricate images of Warriors, Samurai, Ronin, Actors and Courtesans in the Ukiyo-e style of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints. The term Ukiyo-e translates from Japanese as "pictures of the floating world".

Originally born in Rotherham in South Yorkshire, Stuart taught briefly and then climbed the greasy pole of purchasing in management, and later worked as a freelance consultant in the manufacturing, aviation & energy industries.

Moving to Glasgow five years ago, he developed an interest in late Edo & early Meiji period woodblock prints. There aren’t many ancient Japanese woodcarvers in Partick, so the work, drawn in inks & coloured in acrylics, is finished digitally.

In between contracts he is also a keen fiction writer, and wrote Minion an Elizabethan conspiracy thriller, which you can download via his website (www.stuarthammond.co.uk). Stuart soon hopes to write more novels which will feature the heroes earlier adventures in Scotland.

The unique quality and intricate detail of Stuart’s work is truly impressive. I’m delighted that Stuart is taking part in the project. I hope his exotic illustrations will gain notoriety from this exhibition, and I know that his art work will be enjoyed by anyone who passes by the constituency office.

Stuart Said: “I’d like to thank Patrick for the opportunity to bring this art form to a wider audience. It’s a great way to showcase local talent.”

A selection of Stuart’s best artwork is on display in the Glasgow North constituency office, in Firhill Road, where you can view it until the end of April 2019.

Stuart’s work sells online at www.floatingworlddesigns.co.uk to a large number of people across the world who appreciate Japanese art.

Anyone wishing to take part in the project can find contact details on the website: http://www.patrickgrady.scot/artists-project

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