Jonathan Hammer is an artist working in several media including painting, drawing, photography and books. Hammer has created for his most-recent series of small works on paper, a lexicon of mutant toy fragments, clowns, animals, masks and puppets, continuing to interpret themes such as power, greed, transformation, mythology and sexuality.
Born 1960 Chicago, Hammer attended the University of Chicago, received a BA from Bard College in 1982, and a diploma in bookbinding from the London College of Printing in 1985. He currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.
Hammer's book on Dada, esotericism and modernism in relation to his own work, "Ball and Hammer", was published by Yale University Press in 2002.
Solo exhibitions in Europe and North America include the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Matthew Marks Gallery, Paul Morris Gallery, NY; Galeria Fucares, Madrid and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva. Hammer has been the recipient of numerous grants including those from ArtMatters, Pro Helvetia, and the Miro Foundation. He is represented in public collections such as, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.