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.
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.
Thoughts from afar – an artist’s journey through a global pandemic
Ootong and Lincoln Gallery, Fremantle, Australia
The Imaginarium of Jem Ham
Basement Gallery, Subiaco, Australia
Cossack Art Awards
Cossack Bond Store, Cossack, Australia
City of Belmont Art Awards
The Glasshouse, Cloverdale, Australia
The Corner Gallery, Subiaco, Australia
Waverley Art Prize 2020
Online exhibition, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Australia
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
The Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
C-Cubed Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
Waverley Art Prize 2020
Westfield People’s Choice Award
City of Stirling Art Awards 2019
Mural – Homerun Food
Drawing – The Natural Explorer
Mural – Mr. F. Reo
Painting – Oh the possibilities
Conversations around the kitchen table
Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Australia