Francis Hamabe

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Francis Hamabe
Francis Emritz Hamabe

(1917-08-01)August 1, 1917
DiedMarch 2, 2002(2002-03-02) (aged 84)
Spouse(s)Sydney Gardner (1947-1978), Phyllis Parker (1980-2002)

Francis Emritz Hamabe (aka "Frank";[1][2] 1 August 1917 — 2 March 2002) was a Maine artist of Japanese and Swedish descent.

Known best for his screen printing, oil painting and Sumi ink drawing, he also cartooned, including for The New Yorker and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and produced murals. He was the first art instructor for the Farnsworth Art Museum and the first art director of Down East, The Magazine of Maine. In 1952 he co-founded the Maine Coast Artists cooperative (later the Center for Maine Contemporary Art) with Denny Winters, William and Stell Shevis, William Thon, Mildred Burrage and William Kienbusch.[3][4]

Hamabe lived briefly in Rockport, Maine before settling for a time in Blue Hill, Maine. He taught at the Blue Hill Consolidated School, the University of Maine at Orono and the University of Maine at Machias.


  1. ^ Robin Clifford Wood (27 December 2012). "Maine's artistic allure provides endless material for art writer". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Editor's Note". Down East, The Magazine of Maine. December 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Artists group co-founder Francis Hamabe dies". Bangor Daily News. 8 March 2002. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Hamabe's Maine". Down East, The Magazine of Maine. December 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.

Little, Carl (2012). The Art of Francis Hamabe. Marshall Wilkes, Inc. ISBN 9780983967019.

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