“I've been naming these paintings after stars and other celestial objects. I've always like the aesthetic of these names, their roots in the mythology of different cultures and how they "sound" scientific. My goal in repurposing the names is to give them an entirely new meaning, based on the qualities of the paintings they represent. ” — Thomas Hammer
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.
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