Since moving to New York over two decades ago from Minnesota, artist Steven Hammel has distinguished himself as one of the city's most innovative and versatile decorative painters, specializing in murals, extraordinary finishes, and interior styling. His wide range of clients allowed him to transform some of New York's most resplendent residences, from Park Avenue penthouses to East Hampton mansions; commercial businesses of all sorts; and many different film, stage and television productions.
His work is distinguished by his creative color choices and patterns, along with his ability to skillfully integrate retro and modern design styles. According to the New York Times, his work is infused with the "glittery echoes of lost Hollywood grandeur." His childhood spent on a farm expands his versatility: he has a special affinity for good old Americana and the glorification of nature and everyday objects.
His collaborators include interior designers Charles Krewson and Kyle Schuneman. Lee Ames, from the famed Isabel O'Neil Studio, mentored Steven's mastery of the art of faux finishing. The NY Racquet and Tennis Club commissioned him to recreate its original ornate marble design, a faux finish technique he learned from Ames.
His business clients include Bed, Bath and Beyond (featuring a mural in its flagship Sixth Avenue store); Juicy Couture clothing; Outlette jewelry store; the Bread Basket bakery; and the Beauty Bar chain of hipster hangouts, including bars in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Chicago. Other projects include sets for large-scale weddings and backdrops for industrial shows.
Steven's set designs has been featured in many downtown stage productions, including Joe's Pub, La MaMa, PS 122, and the Laurie Beechman Theater on 42nd Street. His film credits include Arthur (2012 remake), and his TV credits include Clear History and the Hulu series Difficult People.
Diversity of clientele has provided Steven with a keen sense of collaboration. In all cases, his goal is to delight his clients by providing a uniquely painted environment.