Amber Goldhammer is fast becoming California’s most feel-good pop artist with her vivid fusions of abstract art and graffiti. Inspirational words of love, hope and positivity give her work a universal appeal but, attuned to the zeitgeist, she tempers the gentleness of her language with the edginess of a street artist.
Her new collection of mixed media works reflects the ebb and flow of Goldhammer’s personal life experiences. There is, she says, no analysing or conceptualising that takes place, but each individual painting is a self-reflection, growing organically in response to a moment, a thought, or an idea; ‘a union between myself, the canvas and the paint’.
She lays the foundation for each piece with multiple layers of vibrant colour, each one characterised by unique drips and blocks of paint created with sweeping gestural movements. The vigour and spontaneity of her approach engenders a strong sense of flow and forms a colourful launchpad for the words she uses to articulate her uplifting message.
Goldhammer’s joyful signature style has had a powerful response from collectors across the US. Several large hotel groups have recognised her magical gift of evoking calm, and her art is a permanent fixture in all 74 hotel rooms at Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles, as well as in Kimpton Epic Hotel, Miami and Kimpton Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod in Las Vegas has a permanent Goldhammer exhibition on the entire circular floor 109 stories up. As guests enter, they are embraced by the warmth and colour of her work, and the tallest observation tower in the USA becomes a place to both look out at the distant horizon and to look in and reflect on one’s own emotions.