Collector in Focus: Hamish Munro

Collector in Focus: Hamish Munro

Tell us about your jewellery brand. When and how did you get started?

My early training was in fine art and spatial practice, I have been designing jewellery for around 18 years. I’m always seeking further refinement within my work and using the art of jewellery to translate the way I process the world.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your jewellery collections? Does art play a role in your creative process?

I draw upon all aspects of life—details from the world, theories, forms, compositions, and feelings. Fine art has always played an important role in both my life and my work.

Tell us about your home. How long have you lived there, and how have you approached making it feel like your own? 

We have been in this home for almost 3 years. Sure, renovations can help to personalize a space, but it’s really the objects and art within your home that make it feel truly personal.

Tell us about some of your favourite artworks in your collection?

I have a mixture of works, including pieces I have been given by other artists, works I have purchased, and some I have inherited. Some of my favourite pieces are by artists I studied alongside, such as Ben Carollo, Cameron Gill, Oscar Perry, and Julian Hocking. Other favourite works  include those by Josh Robenstone, Jenny Watson, Ken Whisson, Michael Porter and Sydney Nolan, as well as an antique domed verre églomisé my grandfather gave me.

You recently bought a large Julian Hocking artwork from Sunday Salon which looks amazing in your entrance. When you buy a piece of art, do you usually already have a space in mind where you will hang it?

I’m a big fan of Julian's work. When I first saw 'Moonlight Deadlift,' I loved the large gridded scale of the four stacked frames. I love large-scale pieces in an entryway, the sense of disorientation when the work is towering over you. I love the movement within this piece. The wind-blown fabric within the work appears to sweep down the hall as the door is opened.

Photography by Peter Ryle.