P1010183Tallulah Jade Rainbow Hamman is creating large abstract paintings from the age of 1 year and 3 months, from the time she started walking. She is a daughter of international filmmaker FC Hamman and fine artist Annie Hamman. The family is residing in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Currently, Tallulah is 3 years old.

Tallulah’s first exhibition “Fearless Expression” is coming up on the 4th to 16th June 2015 in Bellini Gallery, Hermanus, South Africa, with approximately 25 large canvases being prepared. The artworks will have a silent bidding system on, the proceeds will partly cover exhibition and art materials costs, partly go for a charity project “Sparkle Kids” to create the same opportunity for underprivileged children, and partly towards Tallulah’s future education.

We believe that every child is capable of achieving amazing results in expressive abstract art given the same circumstances from early age. Results will vary of course, due to differences in temperaments, quality of art materials, background of parents, genetics, health factors, climate, etc., but nevertheless it will vary from amazingly expressive to incredibly outstanding/ borderline genius. However it’s not result that should be given attention to, but the process, the fact that you expose your baby to a fearless, expressive, fully permissible art from as early age as 1.

FAQ about Tallulah.

When is Tallulah’s date of birth?

6th of January 2012

Were there any developmental benefits noticed due to her exposure to this type of art early?

This matter is yet to be researched by me in collaboration with neuro-psychologists we are currently getting in touch with.

At the age of 3 Tallulah concentrates on any given task 30 to 60 minutes, which is uncommon thing for the age. She draws and draws for hours, disappearing into almost scary silence, and if I inquire whether she wants to take a brake, she says “no”. However I cannot say whether she was born with it, or if its a result of creative processes she went through.

Tallulah is holding pen correctly from 1 years 6 months and her motor-coordination skills are above average. That includes manipulation of art stencils and sprays. I have a reason to believe that her early creative activities have a lot to do with it.

There are also signs of advanced imagination and skills shown in detailed drawings and other types of art by the table. Creative ideas that she comes up on her own, like scratching into wet paint to make a drawing, revealing negative background underneath.

I am sure that various benefits will become obvious as years go by.

What is her favourite color?

At the moment, red. :)

Does she choose all colors for her paintings herself?

Mostly, yes. On occasions I suggest some colors to her, and she either accepts or rejects.

Were all the techniques that she uses shown to her by you?

Many were shown to her and she adapted them eagerly (like how to squeeze a paint out of a bottle with a nozzle, or how to pour from the bucket), however there some techniques I did not show, that she came up with herself (like how to scratch drawings into wet paint with her nails, my jaw actually dropped when I saw that). You have to introduce your baby to arty things, show her how to dip sponge into paint and then dab it on the canvas. You only need to do it once, next time she will grab a sponge as soon as she sees it and start doing things you didn’t even knew yourself.

Do you believe your child is a prodigy?

I believe any child will blossom into amazing expressive abstract art given the same circumstances from very early age. Yes, there is a factor of genetics, and it does help if one or both parents are creative, and results will vary from lovely and charming to unbelievably awesome. If you look at the definition of “prodigy” and study research by professionals on the matter, you will see that art prodigy is hard to determine in early stage. If Tallulah will start creating incredible realistic art under the age of 10 – that would be a sure thing. Right now all I can say that she is a very talented toddler with lots of potential.

Do you think Tallulah will grow up to be an artist?

No. I think she will grow up to be who she wants to be. I am from a family of musicians, teachers and artists, my husband is from family of teachers and artists, but if Tallulah grows up and decides to be a lawyer, well, she will be a creatively brilliant one, because of the sensory, visual and tactile exposure to art from such young age that develops brain in the areas that may remain untouched otherwise.