Archive for February 6, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Frederick Hammersley

Frederick Hammersley was an American painter who became renown for his hard edged abstract works.  Hammersley, in conjunction with other California painters such as the aforementioned Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, and John McLaughlin  were part of a 1959 show that was a break through period for hard edged abstraction. This brought the artist international critic acclaim.

Hammersley was born in the year 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father worked for the government’s Department of the Interior.

Hammersley was well schooled in his artistic education attending  the University of Idaho located in Pocatello, Idaho. He also attended the Chouinard Art School. His stints in school were interrupted by World War II. Hammersley took advantage of his station in armed forces and attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris, France. The artist also attended Jepsen Art School.

The artist also taught at Jepsen Art School, Pomona College, and the University of New Mexico. He quit his job at the University of New Mexico to start painting full time.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. The artist produced original paintings in oils and was an avid printmaker.

In this clip we visit Hammersley at home in his studio:

In this clip we view a show featuring the work of Frederick Hammersley:


Hammersley passed away in 2009.


Artist of the moment……Alexis Rockman

Alexis Rockman is an American painter born in New York, New York in the year 1962. Rockman paints animals, creatures of the sea and ocean, and botanical works in amazing detail blending realism and surrealism in a spectacular fashion. For his artistic education Rockman attended the Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island. Rockman also attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

Rockman grew up attended many museums in New York City. His mother worked as an anthropologist. The artist often likes to depict items such as creatures of the sea or rodents that most people wouldn’t take a second glance at. Rockman is able to find the beauty and the play of light of creatures that remain under water for most of their existence on earth.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist is based out of New York City.

Rockman works in many mediums including oils, watercolor, and gouache. The artist works frequently on paper and canvas.

In this clip we view a show that took place in 2010 and 2011 at the Smithsonian Art Institute featuring the works of Alexis Rockman:

In this clip we view a more recent show of the art of Alexis Rockman:

Rockman has traveled the globe visiting such locations as Costa Rica, Brazil, and even Antarctica. My favorite aspect of the artist is his ability to mix variations of weather such as a storm or rain, with the traditional animal, floral, or botanical subject. A very modern look at a very traditional genre! Awesome!