OSUIT Graduate’s Paintings on Display

LOVE OF ART: John Hammer, a graphic designer by trade, has returned to his love of drawing and painting. His artwork is on display in the OSUIT Student Union Conoco Art Gallery through March 1.

John Hammer, a graduate of Institute of Technology’s Visual Communications program, is a graphic designer by trade and now also a fine artist. Last year, he revisited his childhood passion for drawing and painting and has returned to his college alma mater in Okmulgee to display his artwork. Hammer’s “Pop Impressionism” paintings will be on display in OSUIT’s Conoco Art Gallery in the Student Union through the beginning of March.

When Hammer was in school in Okmulgee, he enjoyed the art of pencil and ink drawings. He won several art competitions, which inspired him to continue developing his skills. After graduating high school, he attended OSUIT, earning a degree in commercial art in 1985. He has been working in the graphic design field since then, and is now based in Claremore.

After computer technology took over the design field, Hammer realized he missed using hand skills, so last spring, he picked up a paintbrush and began creating colorful works of art. Since that time, he has entered art competitions and completed more than 20 paintings, some of which have incorporated Oklahoma’s buffalo and Catoosa’s famous blue whale. “His dynamic use of vivid colors draws the viewer in, and his attention to detail is fascinating,” says James McCullough, OSUIT’s Visual Communications division chair.

Updated 03-12-2013

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