Larry Groff is a San Diego based painter, previously from Boston and 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, and Boston University where he received a M.F.A.in 1993.
He is also the owner and editor of the popular Painting Perceptions site, 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 from contributors.
Groff has two current working versions of his Artist Statement.
The first is:
I love everything about painting except artist statements.
The second is:
“What excites me the most about outdoor painting is trying to capture rapidly changing light with decisive paint moves. This requires a higher level of concentration and urgency that leads to exhilaration and a complete immersion in the process that mutes one’s mental chatter. Often the best painting comes out of this loss of self-consciousness. Frank Auerback once said: “The whole business of painting is very much to do with forgetting oneself and being able to act instinctively.”
The best landscapes are various forms of visual poetry which not only give us a sense of place, mood and atmosphere but also work as dynamically composed abstract paintings. I’m much less interested recording the photographic specifics of a place; instead I use observed specifics as a point of departure in the effort to make a compelling pictorial experience.
Close looking and responding to a place with paint; to evoke a mood, a quality of light, or the sensation of space for me is profound celebration of being alive. To get moments of deep connection with the surrounding world by standing on a street corner or sitting on a cliffside, looking at the world intensely also draws inspiration from what thousands of landscape painters have searched for over the centuries, to find painterly structures out of the chaos of nature.”