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“my parents hal and kate hattam were drawn to creativity and freedom of thought. they became a conduit for the exchange of ideas and development of work by people they came to live amongst. the energy flowed in both directions in a kind of fusion as they were drawn into the lives of artists they met and in turn invited artists into our home.
as a child i absorbed a sense of change in thought and belief; it was exciting and felt as though anything was possible. my father morphed from obstetrician, gynecologist and surgeon into landscape painter, though not without a struggle. my mother emerged from a career as advertising manager at georges department store, where she often employed artists to do illustrative projects, to become a wider patron of the arts. her vision and intuition was instrumental in affecting the direction of artists' lives and careers, as well as the future of her own family. kate had an exceptional eye for talent and she saw it in the work of others, as well as her husband hal.” john hattam, whose collection is featured in blue chip xxii: the collectors’ exhibition.
pictured: harold 'hal' hattam, john perceval making angels, 1959, ceramic plate, 3 x 29.5 x 29.5cm (cat.9, blue chip xxii: the collectors’ exhibition)