Works from 1928 - 1978
36 pages, limited availability.
42 color illustrations, softcover - $22.00
The following pages and the show that accompanies this
catalog are a great opportunity to look into the life, work, and spirit of one
of America’s pure artists. The Hardie Gramatky story is lovingly told by his imaginative
daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith, who has worked with her mother Dorothea (Doppy)
Gramatky to bring us an inside look at the career of this genius. We will enjoy
the closeness of family, the always inquisitive and self-demanding nature of
the man, and the spontaneous way in which Hardie lived his life. This is an
inside view that lends itself to freely rejoicing in the accomplishments of
this great painter. We feel lucky to represent Hardie Gramatky’s paintings, but
we are even more fortunate to be able to share the love he generated in the
people who were closest to him.
Hardie’s paintings rank him among the best of any to paint
in watercolor. His colors are rich, and his style unique. His early career was
praised by critics across the land, and he exemplified as well as anyone the
quality of work that made the “California School of Watercolor” painters
nationally renowned. His early scenes were direct, spontaneous results of being
excited and challenged by the world around him, which he loved emphatically.
The work of his later years, once he moved to the East Coast, grew in vitality,
quality and color.
His career in illustration and children’s books was
rewarding to him and his family, economically as well as in building a national
recognition. His stories of “Little Toot” rank him among the top children’s
book writers in the Country’s history. He will always be remembered for those
wonderful contributions to our national heritage. He deserves mostly to be
remembered for the paintings he so magnificently created. Linda describes in
the text of this catalog the need Hardie had to communicate through his
paintings. The fact that he could write ideas in some instances and not others,
but through his painting he could always find the words, is testament to his
seeing his art as an important form of communication.
The legacy Hardie Gramatky left behind will warm our souls
and viewing appetites for many centuries to come. We are extremely privileged to
bring a small but significant example of his paintings to share with the world
now. David Stary Sheets.
California Watercolor – California Art Books