The following was submitted by Leo J. Oaks:George De Groat was born in Newark, New Jersey, January 7, 1917; he died: January 1, 1995, Carmel Valley, California.
The Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark Preparatory College (B.A.), Art School of Detroit and Society of Arts, Detroit.
Work: Contemporary/California School of Figuratists, 1960s - 1995.
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, Assistant Dean and Chairman for Special Classes Program. Art Center College of Design, California. California State College at San Diego, California. Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Extended Education Program, Monterey, California.
Ira Gershwin, Sam Jaffe, Edward G. Robinson, William Holden, Carl Laemmle, McGraw Hill Publishing Co. United California Bank, Los Angeles, Aeroquip Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art and others. Cultural exchange collections shown in Germany and Japan.
Selected Gallery Representation & Major Exhibitions:
Pasadena Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Municipal Exhibition Gallery (Germany), Cultural Exchange Exhibition (Japan), Associated American Artists Gallery (New York), Carmel Art Association, Los Angeles Art Association, Palos Verde's Art Center Museum, Otis Art Institute.
Art in America Magazine, Ford Time Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Drawing - A Search for Form, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials, The Hidden Elements of Drawing, Reproductions 1974, California Graphics, 1974, Business Magazine.
Carmel Art Association, Los Angeles Art Association, American Association of University Professors.
Numerous awards received since 1969 including the Ford Foundation Grant for Advanced Experiments in Color Field Painting and one of fifty artists invited to participate in the invitational painting exhibition - "Art and the Law".
Listed: Who's Who in American Art. and Who's Who in the West.
George DeGroat was recognized as a "painter's painter" and master print maker. People, their attitudes and activities; the sea and its forms, colors and moods; sky, trees, hills, fields and other elements of physical existence, provided De Groat with an inexhaustible supply of subject matter to explore through line, color and form. The structure of recognizable subject matter is combined with elements of abstract design. De Groat would say, "I try to develop images that not only express the essential characteristics of my ideas but also offer the viewers an opportunity to participate by bringing something of themselves to the work." "I try to express myself with the most forceful personal statements possible. I reject that which is contrary to my own nature regardless of popular fashion."
The artist's daughter Mary De Groat