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’.
The Imaginarium of Jem Ham
Basement Gallery, Subiaco, Australia
City of Stirling Art Awards Exhibition
City of Stirling Reception Hall, Stirling, Australia
Canning Art Awards
Riverton Library, Riverton, Australia
Backyard Gallery, Fremantle, Australia
The Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
C-Cubed Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
Westfield People's Choice Award
City of Stirling Art Awards
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The Art of Jem Ham
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