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Deborah Remington

American, 1930-2010


Deborah Remington

Gallatin, 1976

Oil on linen
20 x 18 in
50.8 x 45.7 cm


Deborah Remington was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1930 where she grew up. Remington had an early inclination towards art, and she enrolled in classes at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art as a teenager. In 1955, she received her BFA from the San Francisco ArtInstitute where she studied under Clyfford Still. Remington became affiliated with the Bay Area's Beat scene, even prior to her graduation from the Institute. In 1954, Remington was one of six painters and poets, and the only woman, who founded the legendary “Six Gallery” in San Francisco. Remington had spent several years traveling and living in Japan, Southeast Asia, and India after her graduation. She studied classical and contemporary calligraphy and earned money by teaching English and tutoring actors. Remington also worked as an actress in some B-rated movies, including the film "Nightmare's Bad Dream". Remington began to exhibit her work at the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco and had solo shows in 1962, 1963, and 1965. In 1965, Remington moved to New York City. She had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1966 at the Bykert Gallery. Remington is most well known for her iconic abstract and hard-edge paintings. Remington utilizes intense color, radiating light and theatrical abstraction in her paintings. Remington was awarded the prestigious Tamarind Fellowship in 1973 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984. She was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1999. Her work is represented in the collections of Smithsonian, Whitney, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan, National Academy of Design, Denver Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many other fine institutions.