Frederick Hammersley, ‘Tact #2’, 1973, Modernism Inc.

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

Frederick Hammersley: Organics and Cut-Ups, 1963 - 1965

Group Shows

Santa Fe,
Selections of American Modernism
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, United States,
The Responsive Eye