André Hemer, born in 1981, is a New-Zealand painter living in Sydney whose work explores the links between digital media and painting. His work opens a new path by working with this classic medium, modern discussions on which are often proclaimed in demise. He gives primary priority to the value of digital images, saving them from their inevitable drowning within the mass of digitalization. By doing so André Hemer returns to painting in its most simple nature, recalling the visual of a period, a context, a culture. He employs the digital as tool to carry out his practice, but also as an object with which to witness our own culture. The artist therefore works with a marriage between the painting, whose practice he brings up to date, and the digital medium, which he raises the value to a work of art. This merges two worlds that are normally put against each other, highlighting each of their values.
Completing his MA (masters) at the Royal College of Arts, London, and gaining a PhD (doctorate) in painting from Sydney College of the Arts, (University of Sydney), André Hemer was recently singled out by The Guardian, nominating him as one among their six favourite artists whose career will be one to follow. He has also done the front cover of the work 100 painters of Tomorrow, of Thames and Hudson publications (2014) that present the most promising artists from around thirty countries. Represented by the Chalk House Gallery (Sydney, Australia) and by the Gow Langford (Auckland) and Bartely and Company (Wellington) in New Zealand, the artist is also internationally shown (Korea, United Kingdon, China, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Italy …). ‘A Hot Mess’ at Galerie Fatiha Selam is his first French exhibition. This exhibition takes place within a current wave of events, as the artist will participate in no less than six exhibitions here by the end of 2015. These exhibitions include the Galerie Kristin Hjellegjerde in London, the Villa Lena in Tuscany and a retrospective of his works since 2005 curated by the Pataka Museum in New-Zealand.