Red Hammond started painting in the sixties on a lark, but soon after, it became a passion. He subsequently enrolled in the art program at the University of Buffalo, NY.
Red Hammond organized the first show of independent artists outside the confines of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The show received a lot of attention including local television coverage and a mention by Hilton Kramer, Chief Art Critic of the New York Times at the time.
By the late sixties, feeling that he had accomplished all that he could in Buffalo, he moved to New York City. It was still early days in SoHo, when only artists lived and worked in the area, living in large lofts that were easily available, not to mention affordable. Once in SoHo, he took a job at Pearl Paint, a large art supply store, where he continued to make connections with others in the art world, as well as being introduced to different media and art forms.
In 1977, after continued work to develop as an artist, a prominent figure in American art and the owner of the O.K. Harris Gallery, Ivan Karp, gave him his first one person show. Shortly after that, he began showing his work at White Columns, a nonprofit art installation space. In 1981, Hammond received his first National Endowment for the Arts grant. Later in 1983, he helped organize the seminal “Dead Blimpies… No Nukes” show. Hammond began showing in numerous group shows, and in 1987 he was awarded a second National Endowment for the Arts grant. During that same year, he had a large show at the famous nonprofit space Exit Art.
Hammond then travelled to Italy and in 1987 had a show in Arezzo. Upon his return, he was offered his first show at the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries. He continued to participate in group shows for the remainder of the decade. In 2007, he had another show at the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries. In 2012, he was part of a group show at the Lori Bookstein Fine Art Gallery alongside works by Avery, Davis, Gorky, Guston, among others.
Hammond continues to participate in various group shows in New York.