Signature: signed on verso
D. Hickey et al. Frederick Hammersley, Snap Editions, Santa Fe, New York, 2009, Figure 4, page 131, reproduced.
Armstrong, Elizabeth. Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, Orange County Museum of Art and Prestel Publishing, 2007, illustrated on page 91.
Reed, David. Frederick Hammersley: Organic & Geometric. (exhibition catalogue essay). Ameringer McEnery Yohe: New York, 2011. Reproduced in color on page 17.
Collection of the artist;
Nicholas Wilder, Los Angeles;
The estate of Nicholas Wilder, New York;
Private Collection, Los Angeles;
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles;
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York;
Private collection, New York.
Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, California.
About John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin’s work fuses Zen painting, Constructivism, and hard-edged Minimalism in geometric compositions of lines, squares, and rectangles rendered in a palette of primary colors. Exploring harmonies of color, shape, and composition, McLaughlin sought to “communicate only to the extent that the painting will serve to induce or intensify the viewer’s natural desire for contemplation without the benefit of a guiding principle,” he said. His paintings can be understood as descending from the work of seminal abstractionists Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, pioneers in the exploration of the sublime potential of pure color and form. McLaughlin first studied painting in Japan while serving as an intelligence officer during World War II, and he later settled in California. His body of work served as inspiration for the artists of the California Light and Space Movement.
American, 1898-1976, Sharon, Massachusetts, based in Dana Point, California