Norman Zammitt

1931 - 2007 · Canada

Artist biography

NORMAN ZAMMITT (Canadian, b. 1931 – 2007) lived and worked in Pasadena, California. Zammitt was of First Nations and Sicilian descent. Following life on the Caughnawaga Reservation outside of Montreal and in Buffalo New York, he moved with his family to California in 1945. He studied at Pasadena City College and went on to earn his MFA at Otis Art Institute in 1961, where he created collages and abstract paintings inspired by the landscape. In 1964 Zammitt turned from oil paint to acrylic plastic resin, producing box-like sculptures that explored color and transparency. By the early 1970s, he returned to painting, continuing his investigations of color relationships through precisely rendered striped paintings. Zammitt’s mathematical color combinations produce the illusion of deep dimensionality and dramatic optic effects. His large painting North Wall (1977) was included in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition in 2011. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco, CA), Seattle Museum of Art (Seattle, WA), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, CA) and the Rowland Institute of Science (Cambridge, MA), among many others. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1968 and in 2000 the Los Angeles City Council declared "Norman Zammitt Day" September 16. Zammitt is included in numerous private collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.),.

Norman Zammitt is represented by Andrew Rafacz located in Chicago, Illinois.

Norman Zammitt

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