Jem Ham

Biography

Jem Ham is a self-taught artist who started painting on brick walls with water at the age of four. 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. His artwork has been exhibited in Australia and abroad. In 2019, he received the People’s Choice Award at the City of Stirling Art Award for ‘The April Fool – A Self Portrait’.

Solo Exhibitions

2018
The Imaginarium of Jem Ham

Basement Gallery, Subiaco, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2019
City of Stirling Art Awards Exhibition

City of Stirling Reception Hall, Stirling, Australia

2019
Canning Art Awards

Riverton Library, Riverton, Australia

2016
Yardstock

Backyard Gallery, Fremantle, Australia

2008
Miscellany

The Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2005
Two Cities

C-Cubed Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

Awards

2019
Westfield People's Choice Award

City of Stirling Art Awards

Publications

2019
Jem Ham

Surrealism Today, December 29. [Online] https://surrealismtoday.com/jem-ham/

2019
Art’s Young Tyros

McNeill, Sarah. Subiaco Post, vol 46, no.11, March 16, 2019. p.67-68

2017
The Art of Jem Ham

Art People Gallery, September 4. [Online] https://www.artpeoplegallery.com/the-art-of-jem-ham/

2016
Alive

STYLO Online Magazine, Issue 9 ‘Alive’, October 13, 2016. p.16-17. [Online] https://issuu.com/stylomag/docs/issue_9_alive

Artist Statement

“I jumped into a pool of thought and out of the ripples came a dream.” I explore the day to day psyche through self-expression and the creation of original visual aesthetics. As the whimsical creations are evolved manifestations of my inner sphere, the freedom in which each element can be interpreted allows the viewer to connect to a naive imagination.