Deborah Remington Biography

Deborah Remington




Deborah Remington, painter, printmaker and teacher, was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey on May 25, 1930 (though she always listed 1935). Following the death of her father, Remington moved to California with her mother. After her graduation from Pasadena High at 16 years of age, she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. There she found herself in a hotbed of Abstract Expressionism, studying with Clyfford Still, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Hassel Smith. She 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, 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 that Ginsberg gave his first public reading of "Howl" on October 7, 1955.

Following the completion of her BFA 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 at University of California Davis and San Francisco State. Remington's first solo exhibition was mounted at San Francisco's Dilexi Gallery in 1962. She moved to New York in 1965, and two years later had her first solo show in New York at the Bykerk Gallery. Remington's work was also shown at the Galerie Dorothea Speyer in Paris.

Remington became an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union in 1973, the same year she became an artist-fellow at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. She was awarded an NEA artist's fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1999. Recently, the artist divided her creative time between Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania.

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