Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 107

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
RALPH C. HAMM III (1950 - )
I and I.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1982. 914x914 mm; 36x36 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower left recto. Signed, titled, dated "3/19/1982" and inscribed "(acrylic on canvas)" in ink on the lower stretcher bar, verso.

Provenance: the Ness Oleson Trust. The late Frannie Ness and Gary Oleson were the proprietors of Waiting for Godot Books of Hadley, MA, which specialized in rare American and English books, including African American literature.

A published poet, playwright, essayist, artist, musician, and author, Ralph C. Hamm III is a graduate of Boston University Metropolitan College, with degrees in liberal arts, divinity, metaphysics, and paralegal. Born on November 28, 1950 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Hamm is serving a non-capital life sentence stemming from a 1968 criminal episode when he was seventeen years old. During his decades of imprisonment, he has also been an active leader in Massachusetts' prison reform movement.