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Artist Jeff Ham. Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects Jeff Ham paints. “In my paintings everything becomes an iconic image, no setting or backgrounds. I paint what I love, people, animals and landscapes. I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color as well as communicate my individual interpretation of each subject. The work is done quickly and in the moment to capture spontaneity and avoid over thinking and over working. As an artist I am at a genesis of learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.”
Artist Jeff Ham. Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects Jeff Ham paints. “In my paintings everything becomes an iconic image, no setting or backgrounds. I paint what I love, people, animals and landscapes. I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color as well as communicate my individual interpretation of each subject. The work is done quickly and in the moment to capture spontaneity and avoid over thinking and over working. As an artist I am at a genesis of learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.”

Jeff Ham

Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects Jeff Ham paints. “In my paintings everything becomes an iconic image, no setting or backgrounds. I paint what I love, people, animals and landscapes. I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color as well as communicate my individual interpretation of each subject. The work is done quickly and in the moment to capture spontaneity and avoid over thinking and over working. As an artist I am at a genesis of learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.” – Jeff Ham

At 18 Jeff Ham took his first sojourn through the Southwest and Southern Utah. Zion, Bryce and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon proved to be such an influence on Jeff’s art that he works from a studio in St. George, Utah 7 to 8 months out of the year, while also keeping a studio on the shore of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana.

Jeff Ham’s work is found in magazines, galleries, national and international private collections and universities across the country.

Ham works out of studios in Indiana and Utah. A multi-talented artist, he expresses his creativity in a variety of media. While illustrating for books and magazines he began working for ad agencies and moved to Chicago. Companies such as Keebler, Becks Beer, Disney, Marlboro, Cheetos, Bush Beer, Budweiser, Haines, Kellogg’s and McDonalds have used his work. His children’s books illustrations include Black Beauty, Frankenstein, Anne of Green Gables, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

“I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color and communicate my individual interpretation of each subject,” he explained. ”My goal is to capture spontaneity. As an artist I am learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.”

Ham’s father is an illustrator and as a child he would stand on a chair to watch him work with oils, acrylics, fixatives, markers and pencils. He believes this gave him a solid base in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. He paints what he loves - people, animals and sometimes landscapes.

In 2003 he had his first one-man show at the Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music, followed by an exhibit at the South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill. In 2004 he won first place at the Heartland Art Gallery juried show in Plymouth and had a one- man show at the Heartland Gallery. In 2005 his work was accepted at a juried show at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, and he was featured in the Lubeznik Center “Spirit of Animals” 2006 show.

My goal is to capture spontaneity

“I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color and communicate my individual interpretation of each subject,” he explained. ”My goal is to capture spontaneity. As an artist I am learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.”

Ham’s father is an illustrator and as a child he would stand on a chair to watch him work with oils, acrylics, fixatives, markers and pencils. He believes this gave him a solid base in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. He paints what he loves – people, animals and sometimes landscapes.

Jeff Ham Biography

“I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color and communicate my individual interpretation of each subject,” he explained. ”My goal is to capture spontaneity. As an artist I am learning to express myself in an honest and straightforward manner.”

Ham’s father is an illustrator and as a child he would stand on a chair to watch him work with oils, acrylics, fixatives, markers and pencils. He believes this gave him a solid base in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. He paints what he loves – people, animals and sometimes landscapes.

EXHIBITIONS:

2013 – Guest Artist, Nature Works Art Sale and Show, Tulsa Ok *Award of Excellence received

2013 – 2009 Sears Gallery and Museum, Annual Invitational Show and Sale, St. George, UT *First & Second Place Awards

2012 – 2010 Sept Quick Draw Jackson Hole Art Festival, Jackson Hole, WY

2012 – 2011 “Western Visions Show”, National Wildlife Museum of Art, Jackson Hole, Wy

2012 “Icons of the West” Dana Gallery;s 2012 Invitational *awarded Southwest Art Magazine’s Award for Excellence

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

Purdue University, Westville, IN

Dixie State College, St. George, UT

Center For the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY

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Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. Seeking to attain his tribe's highest war honor by touching his enemy. This action among indigenous peoples is called "Counting Coup".
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. “Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp” is a bronze created by Osage Artist John Free. The bronze, eight feet high and twelve feet long) was enlarged to 1-1/4 life size through the efforts of John Free of the Bronze Horse foundry in Pawhuska and Hugh Pickens. Pictured (L-R): Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. “Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. This mural is at our Ponca City location.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. Our mural "The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman" is located in City Central at our Ponca City location.
Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art. Pickens Museum displays art works at NOC Tonkawa campus. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College) This art is at our Tonkawa location
Native American Artist Yatika Starr Fields Completes Mural for Pickens Museum.
The World's Largest Naja. Future location of Pickens Museum on Route 60 and "U" Street West of Ponca City
Architectural Renderings of Pickens Museum.
Display of Turquoise Jewelry.
"Red Man" by Native American Artist Fritz Scholder. Pickens Museum Director Hugh Pickens on right.
Native American Jewelry Artist Tonya Rafael with a silver frame she created to honor my wife Sr. S.J. Pickens. My wife and Tonya worked together over the years creating new jewelry art pieces. My wife had an eye for color and would often design a spectacular piece and ask Tonya to execute it for her. A skilled silversmith, Tonya would sometimes stay in our guest house, set up a workshop, and work for days at a time on a Squash Blossom, Bolo, or Bracelet my wife commissioned. The piece is a silver picture frame that Tonya cut out of thick silver plate. Around the edge of the picture frame are 95 small turquoise stones. In the top is a large spiny oyster stone in the shape of a heart. The frame contains a photo that Tonya took of my wife a few years ago. Dr. Pickens is wearing one of her favorite outfits and if you look closely you can see a special squash blossom and necklace that Tonya created for my wife. In the bottom of the frame is an inscription.
Native American Artist Jolene Bird. Jolene Bird is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. Jolene makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. This is a Fender Stratocaster guitar onto which Jolene has attached pieces of Kingman and Sonoran Turquoise highlighted with Jet. The stars are in Abalone, Mother of Pearl, Pipestone, Yellow Serpentine, and Spiny Oyster. The artistry in this piece is simply breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed. Consider that this is a three dimensional mosaic, a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle if you will. Jolene told me that each individual piece of turquoise had to be cut, shaped, and ground down to fit perfectly with the other pieces. Each individual piece probably took six to eight hours to produce and there are literally hundreds of pieces covering the guitar.
Painting by Peruvian Artist Josue Sanchez. Photo Credit: Hugh Pickens Pickens Museum

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