“Harold Garde is the real thing, far more than the stereotype, but lending credence to it–an artist of passion, integrity, commitment, unafraid of failure, unable to compromise his vision. He personifies the myth, believe totally in the personal and social necessity of art…
He gives other artists courage.”
– Rob Shetterly
"Harold Garde gives other artists permission."
"I have the highest regard for the paintings and prints of Harold Garde. Not only are they extraordinary art objects in and of themselves, they reflect a creative intelligence and a level of commitment and performance that stamp him as one of the finest artists of our northeastern states."
"Harold Garde makes primitive Expressionist manifestoes full of turbulent emotions and vigorous brushwork."
"Garde creates graphic existential dramas... achieving a sense of poetry, in these rich, evocative works."
"What makes Garde's paintings work is the forceful handling of paint, the abrasive color and brushstroke ultimately dominating the jarring subject matter."
"It’s finding each individual and simple image that gives me satisfaction."
"I love it when some of them become almost angel-like and it becomes so nice to see them kind of floating in their space and dancing there; they look festive. Other ones look very serious and ceremonial…"
"I don’t paint to illustrate my feelings: I make images and discover them; I don’t choose to exploit sentimentality. I do choose to exploit sensuality, urgency, simplicity and beauty when it serves. I paint myself and think all paintings are mirrors. When people look at my paintings, I hope they find themselves in them. My paintings are meant to make the viewer re-examine what is attractive, meaningful and beautiful. "
"Consistent with my efforts – I want to be evocative – to interest observation – and reward future and continued viewings – To achieve my goal I know that I must create without fear that the images may provoke interpretive responses – that are uncomfortable."
"I remain interested in what the paint can do. I am excited by the making of marks that reveal and respond to my thoughts and actions."
"Excitement and potential truth can be gained by seeing the familiar with new vision."
"I hope to communicate with my images – but it is really my search to know my self that motivates the work."
"I am interested in what paint can do, making marks that expressively respond to my thoughts and actions."
"I am excited by the making of marks that reveal and respond to the painter's thoughts and actions."
"When the subject matter is easily identified I know that it takes care of the initial focus. Subsequently, abstract qualities can be explored."
"Paintings, and I hope mine, allow somebody to respond to things without a formula telling them how that response should be going."
"I don't trust pretty and I don't trust nice because I don't find them beautiful."