Edward Dugmore


About The Artist

Abstract Expressionist Edward Dugmore served as a bridge between the East and West Coast art movements of the postwar era. His creative process was guided by color and emotion rather than intellect and objectivity, reflecting his interest in the themes of the Romantic poetry of William Blake and jazz artists such as Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. Dugmore is best known for his large-scale palette knife paintings of textured color blocks. He created compositions that are never heavy-handed but instead full of dynamism and light.

Dugmore began his artistic training at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut in 1934, with the support of his mother. There, he was classically trained and learned to prepare his own pigments, which he would continue to do throughout his career. During World War II, Dugmore served in the Marine Corps and painted his brothers in arms whenever he could. Following the war, he attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco through the G.I. Bill. During this period he met and worked under the tutelage of Clyfford Still, who would become his lifelong friend and mentor. Dugmore also associated with Ernest Briggs, Sam Francis, and Richard Diebenkorn, who were all based in California. Of his time spent in California, Dugmore said: “The whole feeling was huge. You felt huge. You felt all encompassing. Like the wrong end of a telescope. Instead of going into it, you sort of expanded—in conversation, in ideas. It was a great lifting kind of experience.”

In 1951, the artist continued his studies in Mexico and received his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Guadalajara. The following year he moved to New York, where his paintings were exhibited at the Stable Gallery, whose roster of artists included Jackson Pollock, Franz Klein, Robert Motherwell, and Phillip Guston. His works were eventually shown at the Howard Wise Gallery and the Green Mountain Gallery. While in New York, Dugmore frequented the Cedar Bar where artists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman, amongst many others, met to cooperatively exchange art and ideas. In 1980 Dugmore was honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and in 1995 he received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dugmore's paintings are currently held in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

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