Patrick Earl Hammie is an American visual artist best known for his large-scale portrait and figurative paintings that draw from art history and visual culture to examine cultural identity, social equity, and critical aspects of gender and race today. Hammie’s body of work is defined by his ongoing engagement with the history of painting, and his use of scale, expression, and emotive subject matter recalls the painterly gestures of the Baroque and Romantic periods. In part his interest is historical: he studies the pictorial, technical, and narrative conventions of Western art to explore the ways in which primarily male artists have imagined the body.
Considering such conventions in a contemporary context, he delivers fresh ideals of bodies of color and women that both disturb the existing cannon and normalize their presence in public art space and discourse. Hammie was born in New Haven, Connecticut, received his BA from Coker College and MFA from the University of Connecticut, and is currently an Associate Professor at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, he has been an artist-in- residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and has received awards and grants from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation, Indianapolis Art Center, Puffin Foundation, Tanne Foundation, University of Illinois, Wellesley College, and Zhou B. Art Center. His work is a part of several prominent collections including the David C. Driskell Center, Kohler Company Collection, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and William Benton Museum of Art. Hammie is represented by Kruger Gallery in Chicago.