Perhaps more than any other form of image-making, figurative drawing is often read as a mirror of the time in which it is made; the surface might be uniquely valued as a type of sociohistorical document. In this vein, my work is situated in the discourse of contemporary art that questions and presents visual alternatives to historical masculine traditions, constructions of identity, gender politics and race. Adopting body language and narrative to reinvent and remix ideal beauty and heroic nudity, my drawings explore the tension between power and vulnerability. Blending traditions of the Old Masters with contemporary modes of representation, my portraits examine how male artists have historically represented themselves and the nude. Coming of age in a generation that is post-Civil Rights and post-Second Wave Feminism, the act of drawing and subjects I render are caught between collective memory and present experience. Drawing from my history as a son, a male and an African American struggling to synthesize past adversity, my works symbolize my shadow-selves and visualize the effort to yield to new realities that require constant compromise and change.
Artist Bio / CV
Patrick Earl Hammie received his BA from South Carolina’s Coker College and his MFA in painting from the University of Connecticut. Hammie currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has lectured at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the William Benton Museum of Art. His work has been featured in publications including Studio Visit (2010) and Poets/Artist (2012). In 2009 he was an artist in residence at Wellesley College, supported by the Alice C. Cole Fellowship in Studio Arts. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, supported by an award from Alliance of Artists Communities. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad including Kunst in Der Carlshutte in Germany, Dakshina Chitra Gallery in India, Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Ohio and The Painting Center in New York. He’s been a visiting artist at venues including Alfred University, Skidmore College, Purdue University and University of North Carolina Wilmington. Hammie has received several awards including the Midwestern Voices and Visions Award, the Tanne Foundation Award, an Award of Excellence from the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago and a Dave Bown Projects Award.