Harold Garde at Courthouse Gallery

Harold Garde, Black and White Still Life, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 58 inches


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host an Artist’s Talk for Maine Master Harold Garde on Wednesday, October 12 from 4-5pm. Immediately following there will be an opening reception for the artist, whose still life paintings will be highlighted in a solo exhibition at the gallery October 12 through November 12.

Harold Garde (1923- ), who celebrated his 88th birthday this past summer, handles paint with a confidence that comes from over sixty years of painting. In this collection of still lifes, many created during the past decade, Garde uses cups and pitchers to divide, split, and chop space into beautiful, expressionistic compositions. With a sophisticated palette, softened colors, and gestural brush strokes, the artist imbues these geometric and linear elements with an ethereal quality. Garde, who began his career in the 1950s as an abstract expressionist painter, turned to figurative work in the 1980s. His work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Museum of Florida Art, among others.