Phoenix is an artwork in the body paint series. Originally the legend was about a bird that rises from the ashes and represents rebirth. In this artwork Karl Hammer chooses to combine elements of the Judeo-Christian tradition (Eva losing her immortality by eating the forbidden fruit) with the original legend. It is a way to express that man can conquer his own sins.
Karl Hammer's large size photos are printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper to give them the feel of the artwork of an old master. Photographer Karl Hammer paints with light and that feeling is expressed beautifully through the use of German Etching with its velvety character. His smaller photos are printed on beautiful 300 gsm. acid-free Baryta photo paper.
His fine art prints have a grid-less quality and are very detailed. The photos of Karl Hammer all come with a certificate of authenticity and have a lifelong quality guarantee.
Marcel Salome about Karl Hammer
"As curator of Dreamscapes I'm always searching for new art and I happened upon the art photography of Karl Hammer. His artworks intrigue because of the atmosphere that he realizes in his work but also through their narrative qualities. The often beautiful male and female models distract you from hidden messages in the work that the viewer often doesn't capture on first viewing."
Photographer and artist Karl Hammer is one of those rare persons that was able to work himself up from a dark past into a bright future. After a youth spent in neglect, crime and a life on the streets he became a successful video editor, journalist and writer and finally, an art photographer. His photography, laden with symbolism and hidden message, has a fast growing fan base that appreciates his narrative art, sense of aesthetics and use of colors.