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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.