L.A. Louver gallery in Venice is presenting an exhibition of works by the late Frederick Hammersley through May 12.
The exhibit includes a range of geometric and organic abstract paintings made between 1958 and 1991, as well as over 20 unique lithographs from 1949-50.
Hammersley’s paintings are abstract, richly colored and possess a quietly resolute determination, says a gallery spokesperson. They suggest complex emotional states and patterns of thought, and their seemingly clear and simple compositions belie their pictorial richness, the spokesperson adds.
Hammersley’s abstractions came out of drawing. After leaving Jepson Art School in Los Angeles in 1951, Hammersely recalled that he “bumped into hunch painting by accident,” inspired by the shapes that he saw in the figure and in still-life, reducing them to elemental form.
Born in Salt Lake City in 1919, Hammersley studied art in San Francisco, and later in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army, and returned to the U.S. in 1946 to resume his studies, subsidized by the G.I. Bill. Hammersley went on to teach at Jepson, Pomona College, Pasadena Art Museum and Chouinard, and throughout the 1960s exhibited widely in California, with several solo shows.
In 1968, Hammersley accepted a teaching post at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and while he stayed at the university for only three years, remained in Albuquerque until his death in 2009.
Hammersley’s works are part of L.A. Louver’s exhibition programming in conjunction with the Getty initiative’s Pacific Standard Time.
Shown concurrently at L.A. Louver on the gallery’s second floor through May 12 is Charles Garabedian: Works 1966-1976.
Information, (310) 822-4955, or www.lalouver.com.