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George Grammer (American, 1928-2019)

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Birth Place: Fort Worth, TX USA

Biography:

Who is painter George Grammer?

George Grammer was an American painter best known for his abstract modernist pieces which often featured cityscapes and landscapes. He was a member of the famed, Fort Worth Circle of artists who first came to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s. He is a rare breed of artist, both beloved in his native Texas and embraced by the glamorous New York art scene. He was an active member of that scene and lived in New York from 1954 until his death in 2019. His pieces showed his brilliance, but Grammer was known for his affable, modest, and welcoming persona. He was always generous with his time and was known to speak at length with almost anyone who wished to speak with him about his work.

Grammar was well respected by all in his lifetime and exhibited at some of the best galleries in New York and abroad. Some of these included the Downtown Gallery, the Green Mountain Gallery, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. He also continued to exhibit in Texas, most notably at the Fifth Avenue Gallery and the David Dike Fine Art Center in Dallas. His pieces are in the collections of many respected museums including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Witte Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Block Collection.

What kind of art did George Grammer make?

George Grammer was an abstract modernist painter whose work often featured cityscapes and landscapes. Primarily working in oil on canvas, Grammer was known for his deep blues, blacks, and how he interpreted city light in the evening. His pieces are cool, beautiful representations of 20th-century modernism and were quite popular -- both in New York and in his native state of Texas. Grammer’s Texas paintings are especially interesting for his abstract take on industrial Texas objects like oil derricks and machinery. These pieces show all the depth and vitality that made his New York cityscapes so popular. Grammer was the last living member of the original famed Fort Worth Artists Circle when he died in 2019.

How did painter George Grammer get started?

George Grammer was born in Fort Worth Texas in 1928. He spent much of his time at Paschal High School in Fort Worth studying art. He showed a lot of promise as a young artist. So much so that he was eventually tutored by Creola Searcy. He won national awards for painting and printmaking while still in high school and won a full-ride scholarship to Texas Wesleyan College. From there he was introduced to Kelly Fearing, who mentored the young artist and helped him gain entrance into the Fort Worth Circle of Artists. His career was launched into the stratosphere when his work was included in the Local Artists Show in Fort Worth. It was there that he debuted his trademark style and subject, abstract images of cityscapes at night.

 

How much are George Grammer paintings worth?

George Grammer paintings have a wide range of in their value, from around $600 on the low end to over $20,000 on the high end. The most ever paid for a George Grammer painting at auction is $24,000 for the piece, Winter Night, Derrick in the Snow (date not given) which sold on October 27th, 2018. Heritage Auction sold his painting, Cleopatra’s Needle, Central Park, New York (1952) for $6,000 on May 16th, 2015.

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