Deborah Remington Biography

Deborah Remington




Deborah Williams Remington, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born to Malcolm and Hazel Remington in Haddonfield, New Jersey on 25 June 1930. Following the death of her father, Remington moved with her mother to Pasadena, California.

After her graduation from Pasadena High, she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco where she found herself in a hotbed of Abstract Expressionism. She studied with Clyfford Still, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Hassel Smith. Remington was introduced to printmaking by James Budd Dixon and Nathan Oliveira, and began showing her prints in the exhibitions of the Bay Area Printmakers Society. She was the only female founder of the Six Gallery in San Francisco, an artists’ collective that took over the space vacated by the King Ubu Gallery in 1954. The Six Gallery eventually became a nexus for the emerging beat culture, featuring artists and poets such as Allen Ginsberg, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chet Baker, Gary Snyder, etc.  It was at the Six Gallery that Ginsberg gave his first public reading of “Howl” on October 7, 1955.

Following the completion of her BFA degree in 1955, Remington traveled to Japan and throughout Asia. Returning to California in 1959, she began teaching part-time at the California School of Fine Arts, and eventually taught at the University of California Davis and San Francisco State. Remington’s first solo exhibition was mounted in 1962 at the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco.

Remington moved to New York in 1965 and, two years later, her first New York solo show opened at the Bykerk Gallery. She became an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union in 1973, the same year she became an artist-fellow at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. Remington was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship in 1979, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1999. That same year she elected an Academician in the National Academy of Design.

Deborah Remington is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Oakland Museum of California; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; the San José Museum of Art, California; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.

Deborah Williams Remington died in New York on 21 April 2010.