Rediscovering Zammitt. In this week’s WFMT Arts Feature, we explore the work of artist Norman Zammitt. A pioneer of the Light and Space movement of Southern California, Norman Zammitt often worked on canvases that were mural-sized, but the artist also worked intensely on much smaller paintings in his studio, resolving his own ideas about color.
His dedication to the potential of color and precision in applying paint produced courageous, sublime works. Approaching his work with the rigor of a scientist or mathematician, these linear geometric abstractions begin with substantial research into the mixture and gradation of color, but the final paintings are ethereal investigations of light, indebted to the beauty of the natural world. Zammitt’s paintings from the 1970s and early 1980s are being shown for the first time in Chicago at Andrew Rafacz Gallery.