Brooklyn, NY, United States
About Thomas Hammer
Thomas Hammer (b. 1985) is NYC based painter known for his ink works on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas. His ink works are inspired by the spontaneity and vim of post-war action painting, but employ a unique vocabulary of mark making. He creates a sense of depth through variety of textures that vary between smooth and flowing and staccato and rhythmic. The intent is to harness, rather than let loose, energy. Thomas’ airbrush and acrylic paintings on canvas contrast hard-edged geometric abstraction with a painterly touch. Unlike many of his predecessors, he breaks the rationality of the grid to work in a more free-form improvisational style. These works explore the subconscious, but are inspired by contemporary aesthetics - from advertising to popular music, fashion, and social media. His paintings are paradoxes: intimate in scale, but cosmic in scope.
B.S. Cornell University
Hammer’s works have been published in Architectural Digest, CoEval Magazine, and Lines Magazine. He recently exhibited at the inaugural edition of X Contemporary during Miami Art Week 2015 at Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2016 he participated in a group show at the Zhou B Arts Center with Parenthesis Art Space, at the Palm Springs Art Fair with Artspace Warehouse, and most recently at Art Southampton with Saatchi Art.