ABOUT AMBER GOLDHAMMER
By Los Angeles Curator Dale Youngman
Amber Goldhammer is best known for creating vibrant, abstract paintings with a street art edginess. Building upon layers of bold colors and sweeping gestural movements, her newest work includes positive messages of love and hope, written in a graffiti-style script. The new mixed media series is a testament to Amber’s own emotive interpretation of the ebb and flow of her life’s experiences.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Amber spent time with a creative grandmother, who instilled in her a love of art. She spent hours exploring various artistic outlets, including painting, photography, sewing, and jewelry making. She also became a dedicated gymnast, choreographing her own routines, and became State Champion two years in a row.
She excelled in the performance aspect of her chosen sport, until injuries forced her to stop. But her creative expression continued, especially when painting and experimenting with various pigments, powders and waxes, and utilizing various techniques to achieve textural interest.
Her love of painting led her to Los Angeles, where she began collaborating with like-minded local artists and experimenting with various mediums and processes on canvas. Sometimes utilizing the human figure as her subject, her figurative expressionist works are still favorites amongst her world-wide collectors. But her dramatic large-scale abstract paintings are where she truly excels.
Amber studied under master artist and mentor, Rassouli, the founder of the Fusionart movement that aims to marry Eastern mysticism with Western art techniques. It is guided by a “fusion” of artistic expression from the heart, reflecting “what is felt, rather than what is observed.” Through this training she now paints with pure freedom, and expresses her emotions through her paintings.
Currently living in Santa Monica CA, she frequently draws inspiration for her palette from the colors of the ocean, saying, “I get to take in the essence of the ocean everyday, which fuels my creativity and brings me peace.”
As love and joy are paramount emotions in one’s life, Amber hopes her new series incorporating the “I Love You” message can expand in various forms to reach a wider audience. Connecting people through the visual language of public art is one way she believes her street murals can impact lives, as it is impossible to view her work and not feel a sense of joy and love.
Painting a convergence of color and emotion, she builds and layers bold colors organically, allowing the process to determine the outcome. There is no analyzing, conceptualizing, or judging that takes place. It all happens in the moment, as a union between her, the canvas, and the paint.
A prolific young artist with ongoing concurrent exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, Amber has also had international success with exhibitions in Toronto, Canada, Zurich, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Her artworks have been showcased in acclaimed publications, and on such TV series as “Million Dollar Listing,” “Being Mary Jane,” “The Catch”, Netflix’s best original series, “G.L.O.W.” as well as both multi-Emmy® nominated series, “Crazy Ex- Girlfriend”, and “Scandal.” Goldhammer’s artworks been acquired by renowned art collectors and celebrities such as Graeme Hart, Allison Scarinzi, Peter Dodd, Rafi Gordon, Alex Amin, Katie Lowes and Kevin Hart.