Tom Hamann

Born in 1955 in Stuttgart Thomas (Tom) Hamann attended the Technical University in Aachen from 1975 to 1979 where he was enrolled in the Art & Design Department. Further years of study followed at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts, after which he quickly made a name for himself professionally. Hamann’s print editions, which he still creates today for international art dealers and publishers, were best sellers. In addition to professional success, Tom embarked on a search for the roots of early historic cultures. Extensive field trips have taken him to Africa and the Americas. There he examined the socio-religious traditions of past peoples and received training in a neo-shamanic tradition. The experience gained at that time has since shaped the worldview of the artist and is still a major influence on all of his endeavours.

This is noticeable in many of his unique pieces and multiples which are often instinctively reminiscent of primitive artefacts, cave paintings, or totems. In particular, the conspicuous "picture within the picture elements" contribute to this effect. It is signs such as circles, squares, triangles and crosses but also, spirals of different sizes, individual numbers, letters, and figural representations that make these pictures within the picture a recurrent feature in Hamann‘s creative output. By the way the artist places them in his patterns in the scene, they lend something exotic and mysterious to the work. As soon as his works are hung and focal lit, other trademark features are shown off to particularly good effect. This includes for example roughly torn outer edges, which can bring out beautiful plays of shadows. Fascinating are the modelled or shaped structure fields typical of Hamman. Exactly the same whether the artist has made them from mixed plaster, pigments, sand and binder, or something else again, they give the impression that they have been made of compressed soil, wood or uncut paper stone. They are suspended by fine, some with very thin paper-collage levelled surfaces that create the space for the above mentioned picture-in-picture elements. Many of Hamman‘s works of art owe their strong curiosity arousing image effect to these symbols, signs and forms. Cognitive initiated discussions with the artist's work will benefit even further from the most exotic-sounding work titles. Hamman can always once again draw on his contact with other languages and cultures for suggestions for names, like for example Tumo, Wakonda, or Ankari.

The fact that the artist feels drawn in the studio at work to stay close to his most important personal concerns and wishes to affect people on an intuitive level, clearly suggests that his subjects are hiding something which cannot be deciphered any further. When asked how he arrived at his compositions and ideas, Hamann simply asserts that he did not know very well. The only thing for him is to sense when something should or wants to be in the work in question in that way. He thus as an artist follows an inner calling, in order to reify something that only through him wants to become existential. Sensitive people believe they can feel that and feel moved through Hamman’s rich, deeply creative art. That may be one reason why his works are highly appreciated in environments such as Coaching, medical services, meditation, and are also included in the offer.

Since 2005, the Galerie Menssen has presented unique copies and printed works by the artist in permanent exhibitions and made the world premiere of the Moovy objects in Zurich, Switzerland possible. This fascinating kinetic mobile-like work has been exhibited at many international art fairs since then.


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