PATRICK EARL HAMMIE (b. in 1981, New Haven, Connecticut) is best known for his monumental portraits that use body language and narrative to reconfigure inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity. His paintings explore the tension between power and vulnerability, questioning historical constructions of gender and race to expand the filters through which identity is understood. Examining how male artists have presented themselves and the nude, his works symbolize his shadow-selves and move towards aspect of representation that have been historically skewed, are contemporarily taboo or underrepresented.
Patrick earned his BA from South Carolina’s Coker College in 2004, where he began his career with his debut project All Good Things. In 2008, he received his MFA from the University of Connecticut, where he completed his second project, Imperfect Colossi. That collection established him as a painter with strong affections for figurative representation, narrative, and history. Patrick draws from a wide range of sources, from Peter Paul Rubens and Sally Mann to Alan Moore's Watchman. Inspired by storytellers and musicians who tap into their personal experiences and pain to make conscious and visceral art, he constantly seeks out experiences that will productively alter the ways that he conceives of his practice.
Patrick is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, were he instructs all levels of painting and drawing, leads graduate seminars and advises students. In addition to exhibiting, he maintains an active speaking schedule as a public lecturer, visiting artist, panelist, juror, and critic. He has received several awards and recognitions, including the Tanne Foundation award, Midwestern Voices and Visions award, Award of Excellence from the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Arnold O. Beckman Research Award and a Dave Bown Projects Award. His work is featured in Poets/Artists Magazine: What the Body Says: Power and Vulnerability, (Poet/Artists Magazine, 2011), Figure, Face, Identity, (Sprocketbox Entertainment, 2011) and From Motion to Stillness, (Poets/Artist Magazine, 2013).
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