Hall Groat Sr. Biography, American Impressionist

Hall Groat Sr. Biography, 

American Impressionist

Learn about the life and career of this important American Impressionist painter, living and working in Central New York.

Hall Groat Sr, an American Impressionist painter is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fines Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full-time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art. The Berkshire Museum was the first of several museums worldwide to acquire a major Groat work. The Museum purchased the prize winner, Megalopolis, one of the largest of Groat’s railroad paintings. This is where the late Norman Rockwell first discovered him and invited the then twenty-nine year old to dinner in the Berkshires.
The United Nations awarded Groat with the honor of having a series of paintings for their stamp reproduction. The series of ten paintings is in the permanent collections of United Nations Philatelic Museum in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, Groat’s paintings are included in the collections of notables such as President Jimmy Carter, the late Jacob Javits, Henry Kissinger, Fred Perry, Sir Michael Tippett, Christopher Keane, and the late Arthur Fiedler. Ambassadors among countless others have also invested in his work.

In recent years, Groat has turned his attention to the corporate world with emphasis on banks, churches, brokerage houses, and insurance companies. His work is included in numerous corporate collections throughout the world today. Clement Greenberg, one of the nation’s foremost art critics, once stated that “Hall Groat was an artist who could make it” and he was proven correct.

EDUCATION:

1959      Syracuse University, School of Art, BFA

1962      Syracuse University Graduate School of Art, Studied with Josef Albers, Yale University

 ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2003      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

2001      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

1997      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

1993      Two Generations of Painting, Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington & Jefferson, College,

Washington, PA

1992      John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, NY

1987      Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1986      Kendall Art Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1985      Arlene Mc Daniels Gallery, Simsbury, CT

1983      LeMoyne College Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1975      SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, NY

1973      Wellfleet Art Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1971      Main Street Gallery, Wilkes Barre, PA

1970      Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

1969      Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1968      Longboat Key Art Center, L.K., FL

1967      Beau Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1966      Roberson Center, Binghamton, NY

1962      Berskshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Syracuse University

United Nations Philatelic Museum, Palais des, Geneva, Switzerland

Berkshire Museum of Art

Paine-Webber Corporation

First National Bank

Chemical Bank

Norstar Bank

Key Bank

Deliote Haskins

Hartford National Bank

Emhart Corporation

Merrill Lynch

Bristol-Myers-Squibb

Syracuse China

Security Mutual

Mutual of New York Insurance

Bond Shoeneck & King Law Firm

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Jimmy Carter (former U.S. President)

John Kennedy

Henry Kissinger

Senator Tarky Lombardi

Emilo Pucci

Senator Leverne

Fred Perry

 LECTURES / DEMONSTRATIONS:

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Sherburne Art Society, Sherburne, NY

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Onieda Library, Onieda, NY

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse, NY

Jewish Community Center, Syracuse, NY

Baldwinsville Art Guild, Baldwinsville, NY

Thousand Islands Art Association, Clayton, NY

Elmira Art Association, Elmira, NY

Geneva Art Association, Geneva, NY

Masonic Temple/Philo Lodge, Syracuse, NY

Rotary Club of Syracuse

Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

Syracuse Symphony

Onondaga Public Library

MURALS:

John H. Mulroy Onondaga County Civic Center

Saint James Church, Syracuse, NY

Republic of Korea (Naval)

General Electric Co., Pittsfield, MA (Admirals Gate)

Johnstown, NY, Public Auditorium

Fay Drug Co., Syracuse, NY

SUNY Morrisville Library

Ther Merrill Center, Merrill Trust Company, Bangor, ME

Bank of America
(Formerly Norstar Bank and Syracuse Savings Bank, Syracuse, NY.
Building included in National Register of Historic Landmarks)

Skaneateles Savings Bank, Skaneateles, NY

Miller Brewing Company, Fulton, NY

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dewitt, NY

St. John The Evangelist Church, Syracuse, NY

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church, Clay, NY

MONY Tower II, Syracuse, NY

Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Syracuse, NY

North Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS:

United Nations, NYC, Philatelic Award, 1973

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Avenue Art Gallery National Small Works Painting Exhibition, Endicott, NY

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Rochester-Finger Lakes, Rochester, NY

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, Frederick A. Godley Award

Memorial, Prize/CAA Purchase Award

Springfield National, Springfield, MA

New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

Pittsfield Art League, Pittsfield, MA, Best In Show

Associated Artists of Syracuse, Best In Show & Gordon Steele Memorial Award

Medal, One-man Show Award

Williams College, Williamsville, MA

Central New York Art Open, First Prize

State of the Arts, Boston, MA

 JUROR:

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL, Abstract & Non-Objective Show, 1973

Chittenango Art League, Chittenango, NY

Camillus Art Association, Camillus, NY, 1973, 1978

WCNY-TV (Channel 24), TEL AUC Artists of NYC

Manlius, NY, Annual Art Exhibition

National Exhibition, Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1979

Associated Artists of Syracuse, 1980

Tioga Art Association, Owego, NY

PUBLICATIONS:

National Society of Mural Painters

Who’s Who In American Art

Who’s Who In The East

International Biographies, London, England

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

Secretariat News, United Nations

World Federation of United Nations Associations, ten, First Day of Issue

cover painting, (Pablo Picasso 90th birthday commemorative design)

WCNY Public Television, documentary film, Hall Groat, A Man and His Art

EDUCATION:

1959      Syracuse University, School of Art, BFA

1962      Syracuse University Graduate School of Art

Studied with Josef Albers, Yale University

 ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2003      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

2001      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

1997      Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY

1993      Two Generations of Painting, Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington & Jefferson, College, Washington, PA

1992      John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, NY

1987      Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1986      Kendall Art Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1985      Arlene Mc Daniels Gallery, Simsbury, CT

1983      LeMoyne College Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1975      SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, NY

1973      Wellfleet Art Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1971      Main Street Gallery, Wilkes Barre, PA

1970      Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

1969      Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1968      Longboat Key Art Center, L.K., FL

1967      Beau Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1966      Roberson Center, Binghamton, NY

1962      Berskshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Syracuse University

United Nations Philatelic Museum, Palais des, Geneva, Switzerland

Berkshire Museum of Art

Paine-Webber Corporation

First National Bank

Chemical Bank

Norstar Bank

Key Bank

Deliote Haskins

Hartford National Bank

Emhart Corporation

Merrill Lynch

Bristol-Myers-Squibb

Syracuse China

Security Mutual

Mutual of New York Insurance

Bond Shoeneck & King Law Firm

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Jimmy Carter (former U.S. President)

John Kennedy

Henry Kissinger

Senator Tarky Lombardi

Emilo Pucci

Senator Leverne

Fred Perry

 LECTURES / DEMONSTRATIONS:

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Sherburne Art Society, Sherburne, NY

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Onieda Library, Onieda, NY

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse, NY

Jewish Community Center, Syracuse, NY

Baldwinsville Art Guild, Baldwinsville, NY

Thousand Islands Art Association, Clayton, NY

Elmira Art Association, Elmira, NY

Geneva Art Association, Geneva, NY

Masonic Temple/Philo Lodge, Syracuse, NY

Rotary Club of Syracuse

Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

Syracuse Symphony

Onondaga Public Library

MURALS:

John H. Mulroy Onondaga County Civic Center

Saint James Church, Syracuse, NY

Republic of Korea (Naval)

General Electric Co., Pittsfield, MA (Admirals Gate)

Johnstown, NY, Public Auditorium

Fay Drug Co., Syracuse, NY

SUNY Morrisville Library

Ther Merrill Center, Merrill Trust Company, Bangor, ME

Bank of America  (Formerly Norstar Bank and Syracuse Savings Bank, Syracuse, NY

Skaneateles Savings Bank, Skaneateles, NY

Miller Brewing Company, Fulton, NY

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dewitt, NY

St. John The Evangelist Church, Syracuse, NY

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church, Clay, NY

MONY Tower II, Syracuse, NY

Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Syracuse, NY

North Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS:

United Nations, NYC, Philatelic Award, 1973

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Avenue Art Gallery National Small Works Painting Exhibition, Endicott, NY

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Rochester-Finger Lakes, Rochester, NY

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, Frederick A. Godley Award

Memorial, Prize/CAA Purchase Award

Springfield National, Springfield, MA

New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

Pittsfield Art League, Pittsfield, MA, Best In Show

Associated Artists of Syracuse, Best In Show & Gordon Steele Memorial Award

Medal, One-man Show Award

Williams College, Williamsville, MA

Central New York Art Open, First Prize

State of the Arts, Boston, MA

 JUROR:

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL, Abstract & Non-Objective Show, 1973

Chittenango Art League, Chittenango, NY

Camillus Art Association, Camillus, NY, 1973, 1978

WCNY-TV (Channel 24), TEL AUC Artists of NYC

Manlius, NY, Annual Art Exhibition

National Exhibition, Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1979

Associated Artists of Syracuse, 1980

Tioga Art Association, Owego, NY

PUBLICATIONS:

National Society of Mural Painters

Who’s Who In American Art

Who’s Who In The East

International Biographies, London, England

Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL

Secretariat News, United Nations

World Federation of United Nations Associations, ten, First Day of Issue

cover painting, (Pablo Picasso 90th birthday commemorative design)

WCNY Public Television, documentary film, Hall Groat, A Man and His Art

 

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American Impressionist: Hall Groat Sr.

By Jim Hall, Art Critic, Rochester, New York

Always self-confident, Groat’s brushwork has become even bolder and more assertive. In many of the works presented, we find the paint is applied in broad strokes or highly apparent daubs and drips, heightening our sense of disparity between the creative energy of the artist and the refined sophistication of the image. The surface of these paintings is thicker, with the addition of sand and occasionally collage to the medium, so that lines are inscribed into the surface as often as painted upon it. The hallmark of Groat’s style remains his uncanny ability to organize compositions through color. But those who recall the soft, brooding landscapes of the past will find here a warmer, more vibrant palette, with more strident contrasts of both hue and value. So, too, has the ambient light of earlier landscapes become more focused and dramatic. In paintings like Monhegan Surf, the light which illuminates the landscape has become the subject of the painting. “Groat’s depiction often treads a fine line between realism and abstraction. Objects or entire scenes come into our presence with the force of belated recognition.”

The Self-representing Artist

By Hall Groat Sr.

Forty years of dragging art to galleries from Cape Cod to Sarasota and struggling to make a living have come to an end. The way artists have had to work with galleries as middlemen was a big disaster.

Most artists have had to put their art on consignment while the galleries keep hiking up their commissions.  Freedom for artists has come by way of cyberspace and a new breed of self-representing artists are enjoying what is rightfully theirs–direct contact with their customers. We are now the deal makers and can reap the profits without working through an established gallery.

No longer is there a need for a critic to nod approval to a young artist who dreads what a bad review can do to his career. The artist is in the driver’s seat now and galleries as we know them are dying on the vine. each year there are fewer of these antiquated establishments in business. Art lovers can now enjoy the luxury of attending an opening on-line and meet the artist through his podcast or personal on line store or any number of innovating ideas.

 

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