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Hall Groat II American Artist
Instructional DVD & Manual, Volume 1 Traditional Realist Oil Painting
American artist, Hall Groat II, in his unique instructional DVD series demonstrates the techniques of the lost art of traditional realist oil painting. In volume #1 he presents five comprehensive demonstrations, offering nearly 2 hours of solid instruction. The demonstrations included are of compositions involving: three lemons, radishes, ballet slippers, railroad conductor’s pocket watch, and teacup & saucer.
Through his innovative, step-by-step approach he outlines the process that was used by such 19th century painters as Edgar Degas and Edward Manet. Using an easily understood teaching approach, Hall reveals the secrets behind creating dramatic light and shadow illusions to compelling atmospheric spaces, all the way to rendering convincing three-dimensional illusions of form and space.
The included DVD, along with the accompanying manual, present a concise step-by-step system, offering both the beginning and the professional artist the necessary tools to successfully create traditional realist still life oil paintings. Such topics are covered as establishing background variation and movement, accents and cast shadows, and realizing the primary and secondary planes of the motif. Each of the five demonstrations is divided into phases with clearly stated topic headings that correspond to the steps presented in the instructional guide. A glossary of painting terms is also included! All of the demonstrations are approximately 15-30 minutes in length.
Hall has taught art for over twenty years, and currently is an Associate Professor of Art at a college in New York. ARTNews Magazine critic, Gerard Haggerty, states that Hall Groat II’s still life paintings evoke the big picture that we call art history, including painters like Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Edwin Dickinson, and his teacher Lennart Anderson." Collectors of his work have expressed that the work is “Alive, full of grace vitality and beauty, capturing light that is sublime in nature.”
Groat is included in important private and public collections worldwide. These include actors, Michael Douglas and 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.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
This striking piece is of a 60 GB Apple iPod with a reflection of the artist's studio window Venitian styled blinds and dish lamp ficture seen within it. The piece is a study for a larger sized work.
Painting traditional motifs such as fruit, vessels, and other conventional subjects that have deep historical roots is satisfying, however it’s most gratifying as an artist to delve into uncharted territory and try something new. To discover beauty within what’s deemed as mundane has always been an interest of mine. During the year 2004 I attempted to address through my work the impact of modern technology on contemporary life, and then in 2005-06 the ineffable human element that we define as “time” was examined in connection with scientific innovation through the ages. I’m now revisiting these ideas on a few new levels, but perhaps with a new twist. I suppose when the 18th century still life painter, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin first painted the latest brass edition of cooking utensils the French Academy cringed. Today a painting of traditional sconce is certainly deemed nostalgic in nature. Perhaps, in 2015 when the Apple iPod is an artifact we will perceive it as nostalgic and as beautiful as a painting of antique carousel of horses. Of course, fruit will always be the same, but then again, with the new kiwifruit breeds being developed in the science labs this may soon not hold true. Apples and oranges could evolve in form more quickly than tennis and golf balls, or even iPods.