Frederick Hammersley

American , 1919 - 2010

Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) is an American painter born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His art education was interrupted by WWII service in England, Germany, and France, and was stationed in Paris at the end of his service where he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1945-46. There, he met and was influenced by Picasso, Braque, and Bracusi. Hammersley then returned to finish his art education in Los Angeles and began a teaching career, with positions at Pomoma College, the Pasadena Art Museum, Chouinard in Los Angeles and at the University of New Mexico. In 1973 he was granted the Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1975 and 1977. His work has been collected by the Corcoran Gallery of American Art, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The Fredrick Hammersley Foundation in Albuquerque New Mexico maintains the artist’s archives, home, and studio, provides funding and educational outreach in Hammersley’s honor.


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