Mike Hammer’s work ignites riveting sparks of colour, texture, and movement. His solo exhibits in New York, Toronto, Amsterdam, and California have received rave reviews. Born in Calgary and raised in Toronto, he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1996-7.

 

The shimmering colours and tactile allure of his optically engaging Stripes paintings have garnered Hammer considerable interest. His works can be found in many private and public collections both in Canada and abroad.

 

“My aim is to produce vibrant and original non-representational works of art. The works of Jackson Pollock and his energetic style have had a lasting impact on my art making process. The resulting variations, from linear controlled stripes to wild free-wheeling stripes, represent an evolution of my exploration with the stripes motif.”

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 Rhythm and Opticality Michael Gibson Gallery London, On

2010 Swerve Gallery 133 Toronto, ON

2004 Round About Broome Street Gallery New York, NY

2003 Raw Obsessions Gallery Neubacher Toronto, ON

2002 Alive Gallery Neubacher Toronto, ON

2000 No Things Childress Gallery Ojai, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Hammer, Rotter, Young Gallery 133 Toronto, ON

2010 Varied Artists Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, ON

2009 Aqua Art Miami Michael Gibson Gallery Miami, USA

2009 Museum of Israel Fundraiser Edward Day Gallery Toronto, ON

2009 Deck the Walls Alma Gallery Guelph, ON

2007 Art Chicago Michael Gibson Gallery Chicago, IL

2006 Stripes, Checks, & Balances Michael Gibson Gallery London, ON

2005 Infinite Visions Deleon White Gallery Toronto, ON

2003 Blister in the Sun: Contact Gallery Neubacher Toronto, ON

2002 Bag of Tricks Gallery Neubacher Toronto, ON

2000 Erotica Childress Gallery Ojai, CA

1999 Day of the Dead Childress Gallery Ojai, CA

1996 Point of Entry Union Gallery Kingston, ON

 

PUBLICATIONS

2003 A Unique Crescendo of Pitch & Paint The National Post

2003 Abstract Painter North York Post

2002 Chance Meets Discipline The Toronto Star

2000 Chaos Cheery The Los Angeles Times

2000 Visual Balancing Act Ventura County Reporter

GRANTS

2004 Exhibition Assistance Grant Canadian Consulate in New York

2004 Travel Grant Canadian Consulate in New York

2003 Exhibition Assistance Grant Ontario Arts Council

 

COLLECTIONS

Department of Foreign Affairs New York, NY

Duca Financial Toronto, ON

Lerners Barristers and Solicitors Toronto, ON

Fogler Rubinoff LLP Toronto, ON