PURCHASED BY ART COLLECTOR FROM LITTLE NECK, NEW YORK
It was while at Brooklyn College in 1991, that contemporary artist, John Walker, kept repeating to me: "Groat, you need to learn how to touch the canvas with sensitivity, caress the paint sensitively. Study the work of John Constable, and notice how he paints a "box of air"...there's nothing self-conscious about the manner in which he "touches the surface with the brush" ...At arms length, the painting must dissolve into pure abstraction. For this is the touchstone of great painting, study Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Turner...painting is about the "mark" of the arist. The "mark" of the artist is what is sublime, the motion of the brush is what has the capacity to transcend the objective world, and move into what is spiritual. At this point in history, Antonio Lopez Garcia is one artist that comes to mind. He has this gift. Lucian Freud also has it.
Hall Groat II is a Professor at Broome Community College in New York where he teaches foundation courses in Fine Arts. He earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at Brooklyn College in 1992, studying classical oil painting with Lennart Anderson and Lois Dodd.
Groat has had solo exhibitions at Roberson Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, Washington and Jefferson College, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Finger Lakes Community College, Cazenovia College, Lemoyne College, and many other institutions.
In 2004 he was included in an exhibition at the Roberson Museum Center, entitled Cosmos and Chaos: A Cultural Paradox, with artists Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, Jerome Witkin and several others.
Groat is included in private and public collections internationally, including Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones, Clear Channel Communications, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cellular One, Sheraton Hotel Corporation, Binghamton University, Everson Museum of Art, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute of Art, The State University of New York system, Roberson Museum and Science Center and Washington Jefferson College.