Arthur Hammer






Museum Collections


Arthur Hammer was born 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio and later attended Antioch College.
A self-taught painter for over 40 years, Arthur Hammer’s first career was in theater. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1975, and returned to New York in 1980 to appear on Broadway in “Zoot Suit” at the Winter Garden Theatre.

While continuing his career in the theater, he began to participate in group shows at various galleries. His first solo show was at the Brian Hall Gallery in New York. Subsequent solo shows followed at the Catherine du Jardin Gallery in New York, the Marie Pellicone Galleries in both New York and East Hampton, and the Frank Gianetta Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A fire at the Gianetta Gallery in 1989 destroyed many of his works from this period.

In the late 1980s he relinquished his acting career to devote himself entirely to painting. He opened his own gallery in New York featuring American Painting of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — works from the W.P.A. in particular. Hammer’s own paintings closely resemble the style, palette, and spirit of these decades.

His “Industrial Chess Set” was featured by the Industrial Design Department of the Museum of Modern Art alongside works by Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Alexander Calder. It can be seen in Chess Sets by F. Lanier Graham, published by Walker & Company.

Arthur Hammer has built a large following of clients over the past forty years, including some major figures in the entertainment industry. He has exhibited at Showplace Gallery In New York City, Sheppard Gallery in Ellicott City, Maryland, The Art-O-Mat in Long Island City, Brian Hannon Gallery in New York City, Haddad Lascano Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, and most recently at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. Arthur Hammer was also a member of the Woodstock Artist Association, and had several group and solo exhibits.

Hammer's paintings are in various collections including the Queens Museum, American Visionary Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, and the Leslie-Lohman Gay & Lesbian Gallery in New York City.