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Jem Ham is a Melbourne born, self taught artist who started painting on brick walls with water at the age of four. Fascinated by the way the water marked the brick and the ability to bring to life something from within, his love for art was born. Since then, it has been a journey of self-discovery through art, fuelled by a passionate need to create.

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I jumped into a pool of thought and out of the ripples came a dream.

– Jem Ham

During childhood, his artistic curiosity burgeoned through hours spent alone climbing trees and daydreaming about existence. Today, his impetus for mark marking originates from deeper within the psyche. Jem describes the source of his art as ‘images staring at you from the walls of your mind, throwing up mirrors to our own nature’.

His art captures moments of doubt and confusion, of weakness and strength, of joy and sorrow, of fantasy and reality, of whimsy and clarity, and of love and longing. In essence, his works are a soapbox for the subconscious mind, giving voice to the imaginative world within.

Jem’s artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. In 2019, he was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the City of Stirling Art Award for his piece ‘The April Fool – A Self Portrait’. His work has also been featured in a number of online and print publications.

Jem currently lives by the beach in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Thoughts from afar – an artist’s journey through a global pandemic
Ootong and Lincoln Gallery, Fremantle, Australia

2018
The Imaginarium of Jem Ham
Basement Gallery, Subiaco, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2021
Cossack Art Awards
Cossack Bond Store, Cossack, Australia

City of Belmont Art Awards
The Glasshouse, Cloverdale, Australia

2020
Spring Collection
The Corner Gallery, Subiaco, Australia

Waverley Art Prize 2020
Online exhibition, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Australia

2019
City of Stirling Art Awards Exhibition 2019
City of Stirling Reception Hall, Stirling, Australia

Canning Art Awards 2019
Riverton Library, Riverton, Australia

First Look 2019 – Emerging Artist Exhibition
Buratti Gallery, Subiaco, Australia

2008

Miscellany
The Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2005
Two Cities
C-Cubed Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

Awards

2020
Finalist
Waverley Art Prize 2020

2019
Westfield People’s Choice Award
City of Stirling Art Awards 2019

Publications

2019
Surrealism Today: “Jem Ham”, December 29, 2019. [Online]

McNeill, Sarah: “Art’s Young Tyros”, Subiaco Post, vol 46, no.11, March 16, 2019. p.67-68

2017
Art People Gallery: “The Art of Jem Ham”, September 4, 2017 [Online]

2016
STYLO Online Magazine, Issue 9 ‘Alive’, October 13, 2016. p.16-17 [Online]

Commissions

2021
Mural – Homerun Food
Private commission

Drawing – The Natural Explorer
Private commission

2020
Mural – Mr. F. Reo
Private commission

2017
Painting – Oh the possibilities
Private commission

Curation

2021
Conversations around the kitchen table
Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Australia


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