Norman Zammitt was a pioneer of Light and Space, arguably the most important art movement born in Los Angeles. North Wall is one of a series of monumental striped paintings built upon color relationships. Zammitt
experimented with sequencing his colors based on mathematical logarithms, consulting with scientists at the California Institute of Technology to quantify the visual phenomena of his paintings. For North Wall, Zammitt precisely measured the width of each band and created parabolic graphs to calculate the color progression.
Zammitt’s paintings were acquired by museums. Among these are MOMA, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the
Hirschhorn Art Museum on the East Coast, and LACMA, the Norton Simon Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the West Coast. Later in his career, Zammitt forged into installation work, painting the walls, ceiling and oor of his Boyle Heights studio in ultraviolet light-sensitive pigments. He named this otherworldly environment Elysium. In 2000, the Los Angeles City Council declared his studio a city cultural site. The curatorial sta of The Getty Museum selected North Wall as the superlative work by Zammitt, and the painting was featured in 2011-2012 Pacic Standard Time exhibitions in Los Angeles and Berlin.
About Norman Zammitt
Canadian, 1931-2007, Toronto, Canada