On Exhibit at Jai Gallery in Orlando, Florida
Mar 1, 2014
HAROLD GARDE – MASTERWORKS
On Exhibit at Jai Gallery in Orlando, Florida — March 7 to April 18, 2014
Opening (Public Invited) March 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm
By Josh Garrick 407.522.3906 or 407.399.5721
Artist Harold Garde, a legend of the American abstract expressionist movement, recently celebrated his 90th birthday having added a unique work to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, as the subject of a major documentary film, and having his work celebrated in a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Florida Art.
Now Jai Gallery, in Orlando, will exhibit the bold and vivid creations of this American expressionist in a one-man gallery exhibition opening March 7.
Garde’s compositions engage the viewer, promoting (and provoking) thought while evoking emotion. The exhibit features acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, and works in Garde’s ‘strappo’ technique of dry acrylic transfer.
Harold Garde is a Florida artist who was privileged (following his active duty in World War II) to study with leaders of the American abstract expressionist movement of the mid-20th century. These ‘influences’ helped create his unique style as a painter. His mediums include paintings, monotypes, and ‘strappos,’ a Harold Garde-invented process of transferring dried acrylic paint from glass to paper or canvas. Moving from simplicity of form to intense psychological works, Garde has always emphasized his belief in the personal and social necessity of art.
Jai Gallery curator Coralie Claeyson-Gleazon says, “Harold Garde is the ultimate painter. He is a master of composition and line, creating works that are complex in message but ‘simple’ in presentation.”
Today, at age 90, Garde still paints every day, having recently completed a self-developed ‘assignment’ of creating 90 original ‘strappos’ within 90 days. He enjoys the freedom to pursue his pursuits as a professional artist in Florida with a summer home in Maine. The Jai Gallery exhibit includes 26 works.
Harold Garde was born to immigrant parents in New York City in 1923 and was inspired to create at an early age by both of his craftsmen parents. Garde completed high school in New York City and pursued a college education on the GI Bill after his military service. Completing a BA from the University of Wyoming and an MA from Columbia University, he began a teaching career and also worked as a designer while pursuing his art and raising a family.
A contemporary of many of the ‘celebrated’ artists in New York during the 60’s, Garde fulfilled his responsibilities as father, husband and teacher until he was able to devote himself fully to his art. After 55 years as a professional artist, his studios and homes in Maine and Florida are filled with art. Harold Garde is as active today, creating and exhibiting, as he was in his 30’s creating works that range in subject matter from figuration to pure abstraction. Of his ‘subjects,’ Garde says, “Over the years I have used the images of chairs, single and in groups. I have a pinnacle series, a series with still life references; there are some series that have figures and faces, puppeteers and puppets; and a series related to the ‘T’ shape of the kimono. Such subjects attract me when they are generic, ones that are familiar, readily recognized, and capable of being rendered with many variations. Whether they are presented subtly or boldly, small or large, fragile or monumental, I want my works to be capable of engaging the eye, the emotions and stimulating the mind of the viewer.”
In 2012 – after a long association with the Museum of Florida Art – Garde’s epic 8 foot by 24 foot, 16 panel masterpiece titled Iconoclass was added to the Museum’s permanent collection. The work was then laminated on aluminum panels for installation on the Museum’s exterior façade. The gigantic work is now the focal point in identifying the building as home to an Art Museum.
To RSVP for the Harold Garde Opening at Jai Gallery on March 7, please call 407.921.0693.
Contact: Josh Garrick 407.522.3906 or 407.399.5721
Video interview with Mr. Garde: http://www.maineartscene.com/VIDEO-Harold-Garde-Major-Exhibit-at-Millenia-FL.html