Frederick Hammersley, ‘Before + after’, 1964, L.A. Louver

About Frederick Hammersley

Frederick Hammersley is known for easel-sized abstractions that explore the interaction of color and geometric shape. He divided his works into three distinct categories: “hunches,” “geometrics,” and “organics.” His earliest works, hunch paintings, began with a single shape and grew with intuitive additions. Made with a palette knife, the geometric paintings began as studies in a sketchbook—Hammersley started with geometric grids and produced rhythmic orchestrations of shapes. For the organic paintings, on the other hand, Hammersley threw rules away, painting curved lines and blending color directly on canvas.

American, 1919-2009, Salt Lake City, Utah, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

Group Shows on Artsy

Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
California Dreaming, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
Geometric Obsession, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
Selections of American Modernism, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States