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 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 andrecognitions, 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).