WELL WORTH THE STRUGGLE:
RECENT WORK BY HALL GROAT SR AND HALL GROAT II
Beard Gallery, The Cultural Council of Cortland County, State University of New York at Cortland, SUNY
Central New York Contemporary artists, Hall Groat Sr. of Manlius and Hall Groat II of Endwell, will be exhibiting a thought-provoking and adventurous cross-section of recent oil paintings in an exhibit entitled, Well Worth the Struggle, which explores the formal and conceptual relationships between the work of father and son artists. The exhibit invites the viewer to examine the duality between Hall Groat II’s mysterious, often satirical mannerist still-life metaphors that blur the boundaries between the familiar and the unconventional, and Hall Groat Sr’s evocative, painterly architectural, landscape and figurative work that melds representation with abstraction, making allusions to 20th century Modernism.
Hall Groat Sr, an American Impressionist painter is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fines Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full-time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art.
Painter Hall Groat II, professor and chair of Art and Design at SUNY Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.