Amber Goldhammer is best known for creating vibrant, abstract paintings with a street art edge. Building upon layers of bold colors and sweeping gestural movements, her works include positive messages of love and hope, written in a graffiti-style script. The mixed media series is a testament to Amber’s own interpretation of the ebb and flow of her life’s experiences.
Her signature style includes unique drips and blocks of paint combined with her stylized graffiti writing, which triggers a powerful personal response. Her paintings transmit a special kind of magic that are at once calming, moving, and self-reflecting. There is no analyzing or conceptualizing that takes place. It happens in the moment, as a union between the artist, the canvas, and the paint.
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 becoming State Champion two years in a row. She excelled at the performance aspect of her chosen sport until injuries forced her to stop. But her creative expression continued as she painted and experimented with various pigments, powders, and waxes, using the various techniques to achieve textural interest.
Amber studied under master artist and mentor Rassouli, founder of the Fusion art movement that aims to marry Eastern and Western art techniques. The style is guided by a “fusion” of artistic expression from the heart, reflecting “what is felt, rather than observed.” Through this training, she now paints with pure freedom and expresses her emotions through her paintings.
Currently living in Santa Monica, California, Goldhammer frequently draws inspiration for her palette from the colors of the ocean: “I get to take in the essence of the ocean every day, which fuels my creativity and brings me peace.” As love and joy are paramount emotions in one’s life, Amber hopes her series incorporating the “I Love You” message will expand to reach a wider audience.
Amber has worked with several hotel groups, making her art a permanent fixture in Kimpton Hotels in Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as a stunning feature on the 109th floor of the Strat Hotel in Las Vegas, the tallest observation tower in the US. Her artwork has been showcased in print and online publications, as well as TV series such as “Million Dollar Listing,” HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire.”
With ongoing exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, Amber has also had international success with exhibitions in Toronto, Hong Kong, and Zurich. In a Spring 2021 collaboration with fashion designer Isabel Marant, Goldhammer’s artwork strutted the runways of Paris Fashion Week and graced the models of Vogue.
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