Exposition Art Blog: Red Grooms

Red Grooms

Red Grooms is an American artist known for his painted-collage sculptures of both fictional and observed scenes. Characterized by his distinctive stylization and humor, Grooms created his hallmark works with illustration board and a hot glue gun, painstakingly piecing together painted depictions into a believable physical space. Born on June 7, 1937 in Nashville, TN, he went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, moving to New York in 1956. There, Grooms befriended and exhibited with artists associated with the Pop Art movement, such as Alex Katz, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. Grooms is recognized as a forerunner of sculptural installation art, and his work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, among others. Grooms lives and works in New York, NY. (artnet)

Besides painting and sculpture, Grooms is also known for his prolific printmaking. He has experimented with numerous techniques, creating woodblock prints, spray-painted stencils, soft-ground etchings, and elaborate three-dimensional lithograph constructions.
His 1973 purchase of a hot-glue gun facilitated several masterpieces of paper sculpture; for example, Sam, a portrait of Sam Reily who appeared in Fat Feet; and Gretchen’s Fruit, a tour-de-force still life. In 1979, Grooms spent a week teaching at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, where he first started working in bronze. Regarding the several western and football themes made in metal, Grooms told Grace Glueck: "It looks just like my regular stuff, but it's for the ages. . . It turns out to be easier to work with than less durable materials." The monumental Lumberjack (1977–1984), cast from a whimsical woodsman Red made as a gift for artist Neil Welliver, demonstrates his facility with the lost-wax method of casting.Wikipedia

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