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|Born in Philadelphia, Reginald Gammon was a painter whose subjects
often focused on dramatic moments in history and on persons who would
never be considered heroic. In the early 1940s, his work ranging
from humorous to highly serious was usually figurative, often featuring
ethnic figures and politicians. In the latter part of his career,
he depicted many Jazz musicians, which for him, were symbols of what
creative African-Americans such as himself, who could contribute to
As a beginning artist, he studied at the Phildelphia Museum of Art and
the Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University. In New York
City, he became a founding member in the 1960s of Spiral Group, an
organization of black artists who worked together to use their creative
skills to help the civil-rights movement and to place black artists on
equal footing with artists of other ethnicity. When Spiral
disbanded he worked with Benny Andrews and others in the Black
Emergency Cultural Coalition, which focused on what members percieved
as bad treatment in traditional institutions.
Then he moved
to Kalamozoo, Michigan where he was professor of Fine Arts and
Humanities at Western Michigan University. He retired in 1991 and
moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Jonni. He
continued painting and took up printmaking.
He died on November 4, 2005 at the Heart Hospital in Albuquerque.
website of the New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque.
website of the Paul R. Jones Collection
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