|Patrick Earl Hammie, Case, 2012, Oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches. © Patrick Earl Hammie. All rights reserved.|
From Yeelen Gallery e-blast:
Patrick Earl Hammie born 1981 in New Haven, Connecticut, is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. Considering the potential paintings of the human figure have to reflect the values of the period in which they are produced, Hammie’s work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, he focuses specifically on constructions of gender and race, putting pressure on these categories as a means of expanding understandings of identity, and reconfiguring inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity.
Patrick Earl Hammie received his B.A. from Coker College and his M.F.A. in painting from the University of Connecticut. Hammie is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he lives and works.
Patrick Earl Hammie has exhibited throughout the U.S. including Stewart Center Gallery at Purdue University, Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Drawing Center in New York. In 2008, he received an Alice C. Cole ’42 fellowship from Wellesley College, where he was in residence for one year and completed his project Equivalent Exchange. In 2011, he was an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center with support from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation.
Yeelen Gallery is a contemporary art space occupying a 10,000 square-foot converted industrial space in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. The Gallery mounts exhibitions of a dynamic and ambitious nature by sustaining four exhibition spaces with a focus on figuration, realism, and symbolism.