Thomas Hammer (b. 1985) is a New York-based artist best known for his ink works on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas. His ink works, created with a unique tool that’s a fusion of a squeegee and a brush, are inspired by the spontaneity and vim of post-war action painting, though they employ a unique vocabulary of mark making. He creates a sense of depth through the variety of textures that vary between smooth and flowing, staccato and rhythmic. Hammer’s acrylic paintings on canvas contrast hard-edged geometric abstraction with a painterly touch. These works explore the subconscious, but are inspired by contemporary aesthetics—from advertising and popular music to fashion and social media.
Recent Publications & Shows
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.