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Thomas Hammer was born in 1985 and grew up in Ithaca, New York. He completed his BS at Cornell University.
Hammer started his career as an interaction designer at digital agencies in New York City. He is known for his motion filled ink works on paper. The physical process of creating his ink paintings involves a degree of performance. The brushwork requires gestures that activate the body like dance. He works fast and relies on instinct to achieve the right balance of spontaneity and control.
He says of his work, “I aim to create emotionally impactful works that explore the relationship between human activity, our natural surroundings, and the possibility of disaster. Though non-representational, my works are inspired by photography—particularly images of vast landscapes, outer space, and major meteorological events. My work alternates from organic and spontaneous to strictly linear and mechanical. I aim to balance these forces to create work that is chaotic, but still controlled. To me, a successful piece is viewed as a window to an imagined space rather than as a physical object.”
His works have been published in Architectural Digest and have been exhibited internationally and acquired by collectors around the world.
This one-of-a-kind ink on paper artwork is unframed. It is signed and titled by the artist on the back, so it can be installed either horizontally or vertically. A certificate of authenticity is included.
2016 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2015 X Contemporary, Miami, FL
Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2014 Galerie Reitz, Cologne, Germany
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Netherlands
Love Art Toronto, Canada
Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2013 ArtPrize 2013, Boardwalk GR Condominiums, Grand Rapids, MI
Color: Photography Now, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Small Wonder, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY
Seeking Space, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn NY
People’s Choice Spring Fling Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2012 New Works, Con Artist Collective, New York City NY
Signature: This artwork is signed and titled by the artist on the back (so it can be installed either horizontally or vertically).
About Thomas Hammer
American, b. 1985, Ithaca, New York