ARAMIS O. HAMER

I create my paintings using acrylic and, sometimes, spray paint. I made the decision to pursue my art career after leaving my hometown in Chicago and moving to Washington. When I'm not painting, I work part time as a registered nurse at a local community hospital. Interactions with my patients remind me to be grateful for my health and happiness. 

When I think of my artwork, I’m reminded of a colorful world that can only be found in dreams. The basic themes found in my work are strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques where I try to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece. Utilizing house hold tools, such as a grout spreader, creates texture that mimics sound waves in music.  I love to incorporate spray paint related to my admiration of street art. Integrating imagery of my people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which I was raised.

 Not Fit For a Princess © Aramis O. Hamer Used with permission of the artist.

Not Fit For a Princess © Aramis O. Hamer Used with permission of the artist.