The Art of Stanley Grosse (Version 1 - w/comments)
Art, Life & The Rhythm Between
by Photographer, Bob Will
A graduate of the California School of Arts and Crafts, Oakland/Berkeley, in 1954, Mr. Grosse began teaching at Capuchino High School, San Bruno, in September 1956. He taught drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, stagecraft and other art disciplines during his 31-year tenure at “Cap” and Aragon High Schools.
In May of this year I spent 10 days on Maui visiting him while discussing his life and career in the arts. He’s now 81 years young and still “finds art everywhere.” In two interviews I had with him we covered two subjects about which he could be expected to be an expert: “The Subject is Art” and “The Subject is Stanley.”
Out of that visit, in a truly enjoyable collaborative effort, we created a book of photos and text. The focus is on Stanley’s life, growing up in New York City during the 1939 New York World’s Fair, moving to Glendale, CA, in the early ‘40s, eventually moving to Millbrae, CA, teaching art at Capuchino and Aragon High Schools from 1956 to 1987, and his continuing professional career as a fine artist now enjoying life in “Paradise” at Kahana Sunset, Maui, Hawaii.
His three inspirational sabbaticals during his career are described with text and Stanley’s family photographs:
Sabbatical One: 1963-64. He acquired his Masters Degree in painting from the Instituto Allende, in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
Sabbatical Two: 1973-74. Travels to Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Andorra and Morocco.
Sabbatical Three: 1980 England.
Perhaps his most inspirational experience was his personal travel to Japan in 1986.
Also shown are many examples of his painting in series and his inventive use of unusual and unique materials, such as stucco patch and roofing tar. These materials were somewhat of a necessity for him, not only because they solved aesthetic problems, but primarily because they were more affordable on a teachers’ budget.
Several of his former students, as well as his many friends and two sons were asked, unbeknown to Stanley, to contribute comments about how he had made a difference in their lives. One former student remarked that this recognition is “long overdue!” I think you will enjoy having your own copy.
THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THE BOOK:
Also, the “hard-cover/image wrap” is highly recommended over the soft-cover for quality and endurance, and well worth the difference in price:
Version One: The Art of Stanley Grosse
“Including Comments from Friends and Former Students”
• 200 pages, 532 photographs
(See Version Two for its description)
Happily retired now after having been educated at Capuchino High School in San Bruno, CA, (1958) and San Francisco State University (1964) with a BA in Art w/emphasis in photography. My primary interest continues to be photography w/emphasis in personal histories.
The Art of Stanley Grosse (Version 2 - w/o comments) Published January 05, 2012