Hammersley

Artist Spotlight: Frederick Hammersley

February 9, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

In the autumn of 1967 Frederick Hammersley gave a series of lectures in Claremont, California in which he laid out and elaborated on what he considered to be the seven essential elements of the painter’s language: shape, line, value, color, form, pattern, and texture. Over the course of these talks, Hammersley continually returned to the importance of shape above the other elements. “Of all the tools – shape – I feel is needed before you can do anything else,” he asserted. “Value, color, pattern and the rest cannot exist unless there is an edge where they begin and end. This edge of the shape, this boundary can be of many different kinds, either clearly defined, or soft and vague. The character of the edge can either emphasize or reduce, but it never destroys the shape.”   

Just In: Remarkable Painting by Frederick Hammersley

August 23, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to present a remarkable work by celebrated artist Frederick Hammersley, which will be available in our October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Created in 1972 at the height of his career, Hammersley’s oil on linen painting, ‘On and Of,’ is an excellent example of the Hard Edge idiom, which Hammersley helped define.

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