Larry Groff (aka John Lawrence Groff)
Larry Groff is a San Diego based painter, previously from Boston, Ma. where he lived for much of his life. Mr. Groff attended the Massachusetts College of Art with a B.F.A. in Painting in 1988. He attended the Yale University Summer School of Art and Music in 1986, Boston University where he received a M.F.A.in 1993.
He is a member of the Prince Street Gallery in NYC and is currently represented in San Diego by the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery. He had a solo exhibition at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC in 2014.
He has participated in a two-person exhibitions at the former Noel-Baza Gallery in San Diego, group exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California; Blue Mountain Gallery in NYC, NY; Prince Street Gallery in NYC, NY; Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA; San Diego Art Institute 52nd and 51th International Juried Exhibitions, San Diego, Ca; Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; Sherry French Gallery in NYC,NY; and the Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA.
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PAINTING PERCEPTIONS BLOG
Larry Groff is also the owner and editor of the popular Painting Perceptions blog, which interviews many prominent contemporary representational painters around the world as well as many emerging artists nationally. This blog also features videos, reviews, interviews, opinion essays and more by several staff writers and contributors.
Groff currently has two working versions of his Artist Statement.
The first is simply, I love most everything about painting except trying to write about it. It’s like what Thelonious Monk once said: “writing about music is like dancing to architecture.”
My second statement is about why I paint:
Often there’s confusion between the art of a painting and its subject. Great paintings usually have a subject that can include a story, a person, or a thing but that’s just one part. Of greater interest is how the painting is a visual language that speaks through the formal painterly structure. By this I mean how the painting’s geometry, light, space and color relate together in a pictorial sense. The sense of balance, tensions, force and movements of gesture, divisions of light and dark, big to small and other compositional concerns. Finding abstract parallels to an observed situation–is more fun and meaningful to me than just painting a photographic appearance. Many great landscapes have carefully observed specifics, a particular arrangement of light falling across a scene, or an arrangement of trees or group of buildings, which start as a point of departure, the ultimate destination is the visual poetry, the sense of place, the mood and visual impact of the painting’s abstract structure.
Dutifully recording an inventory of things seen doesn’t compare to the exhilaration you get from rapid response needed for changing light and other outdoor stimulations. This urgency keeps the both the painter and the painting alive and meaningful. A higher level of concentration can sometimes result from this urgency and mutes one’s mental chatter and you begin to lose your sense of self. A recent interview with the renowned British painter Frank Auerback quotes him saying: “The whole business of painting is very much to do with forgetting oneself and being able to act instinctively.“
Commissioned Work Available
Larry Groff is also available for commissioned painting, particularly paintings of homes and gardens and has a dedicated site (Abode Art.com) for this purpose, please see this link to Abode Art or email me if interested.