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Lived/Active: California/Missouri      Known for: landscapes, still life, seascape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted October 2003, is from the artist:

Born in 1927 in St Joseph, Missouri, Ron Grauer spent his childhood through high school in Topeka, Kansas. He earned a pilot's license at age 16, a private license by age 17, and over the years qualified for commercial and instrument flying, (learning to fly upside down in a beautiful little biplane in 1984). Flying was always his second love, right after art.

In 1945, he was in the Navy Reserve for one year until the end of World War II, and in 1946 enrolled at Washburn, University as an Art Major. He studied in Topeka in 1947 and the Kansas City Art Institute in 1948. In 1949, he worked as and illustrator/apprentice in Kansas City, Missouri and in 1950, attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida. In 1951, he became an agency Art Director and illustrator in Topeka, and in 1951/52, was back in the Navy again as Draftsman Illustrator 3rd Class for Naval Training Aids until the end of the Korean War. During this time in the Navy, he took the Famous Artists Course. He was married to LeMoyne Schaufel

In 1952, he moved to Southern California and took night school drawing, design, and advertising classes in UCLA, Chouinard and Art Center School in the middle 50's thru the 60's. He worked as an ad agency Art Director until 1953, and then went into business as an Advertising Illustrator with two artists in Pasadena.

To support his family he started the Ron Grauer Studio as an illustrator in Pasadena, and then in 1965, moved to a studio in Los Angeles and hired a staff of assistants. However, he suffered from ill health and decided to go into fine art and moved to Carmel Valley in the Monterey Bay area where he became a plein-air and studio painter using oils, egg tempera and watercolor.

In Carmel, he exhibited at Minor's Gallery Americana and Zantman Gallery in the early 1970s and in 1972, opened the Ron Grauer Gallery in Carmel. From 1978 to 1984, he ran an advertising agency in Monterey with a partner, Patul Fingerote, and the income supplemented his earnings from his fine-art painting. In 1984, he remarried, this time to Carole Minou, and moved to the redwood country of Santa Cruz to devote himself to painting.

Ill health caused him to quit flying and painting for several years after 1995, but he resumed painting, exclusively in oils. For his plein air works, he likes to do small paintings on panels, often 8 x10 and says that "some of the most exciting things happen on the small studies; it seems I kinda teach myself to experiment with the little ones."

His studio works are mostly 16 x 20's on linen and are landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes. "I've also been doing a few 'out of California things', Oregon and Europe, a few city scenes, coastal and rural scenes with incidental figures.

Of his work, he says: "I guess my style could be called contemporary realism...a little impressionistic because I love the turn of the 19th century works but still I love shades of tonalism too ( my work is gradually getting looser all the time so perhaps I'll find a name for it when I'm done."

"When I paint, indoors or out, compositional elements are what I search for. Extreme subtleties or contrasts of light and darks and/or color and shades as opposed to subject alone (although sometimes the subject can provide it all). Monet allegedly spent almost as long finding the exact place where the world and his eye agreed as he spent on the work itself. That's probably as close as I'll ever get to "Claude". But I do spend an inordinate amount of time finding that which agrees with me before I sit down and do a small thumbnail sketch to more or less nail down the composition.

At that point my major effort shifts to determining those elements with minimal changes) that made me stop and look again. When I finally look thru my fingers as a frame, like most artists do...and say "h-m-m-m" to myself, I'm pretty well hooked on the subject.

As I grow older I find I'm experimenting more but I doubt that anyone other than myself would even be aware of it. In the studio I'll occasionally do a small (4 x 5 / 5 x 7 black and white study and then infinitesimally small color thumbnail, 1 or 2 inches).

My work tends to be grayer than lots of the work you see today because I delight in struggling to paint those fascinating elements out there as I see them.

Among my artist heroes are: William Wendt, Frank Duveneck, Hanson Puthuff, John Singer Sargent, Charles Movalli, Lois Johnson ( my third wife ), M. Daily, Edgar Payne, Kevin Macpherson, Richard Schmid, and the great impressionists mentioned above.

In today's tech world it's exciting to be able to see all or most of these artists right in my own home any time I wish. As tough as the world seems right now, I doubt that there has ever been a more remarkable time to be alive and I love it".

Exhibition Venues include:
Carmel - Americana
Howard Portnoy's
Carmel Art Association
The Carmel Art Festival
Monterey -Christopher Bell's
Pacific Grove Art Center
Pacific Grove Museum and San Francisco Museums Of Natural History
Heritage Gallery. Los Angeles - Huntington Hotel
The Muckenthraler Cultural Center
Monterey 2003 Monterey Museum of Art, three-county juried show.

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