Edward Dugmore (1915-1996), an American abstract expressionist, produced art that was spontaneous and uninhibited by intellectual considerations. The composition of his paintings is based on large interlocking areas of relatively flat color that evoke associations to peeling walls, maps, horse hides, geological strata, and polished sections of minerals. In 1948, Dugmore took advantage of the G. I. Bill and moved out west to San Francisco to further his studies in art at the California School of Fine Arts, where he studied with Clyfford Still, who was influential on his development, both as an artist and a close friend. The Howard Wise Gallery first exhibited his work in Cleveland in 1960, followed by two solo shows in New York in 1961 and 1963.