Harold Garde Remembrance Ceremony on December 11, 2022

Central Florida’s Art Community Is Honoring Artist Harold Garde at A Remembrance Ceremony On December 11th, 2022

Our community is Remembering Artist Harold Garde (June 7, 1923 –
October 11, 2022). Join us for the Harold Garde Remembrance Ceremony on December 11, 2022, at Mills Art Gallery.

The Central Florida art community is coming together to honor the legacy of artist Harold Garde. A remembrance ceremony will be held at Mills Art Gallery on December 11th, 2022. Harold was well-known and loved in the Central Florida art community, as well as in his primary residence of Belfast, Maine. Harold Garde has cultivated an art career that has spanned several decades. Garde’s major works included painting, drawing, and prints that reveal his early and vigorous engagement with Abstract Expressionism as well as the persistent innovation of his mature artistic experimentation.

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Early Life

 

Harold Garde was born on June 7, 1923 in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Garde attended the Stuyvesant High School, and attended City College of New York for three years, where he majored in science. Before graduating high school, Garde joined the United States Air Force and served in the Philippines and World War II from 1943-1945.

 

After serving, Garde attended the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At University of Wyoming he studied under surrealist artist Leon Kelly, abstract expressionist George McNeil and geometric abstractionist Ilya Bolotowsky. Garde graduated, and eventually earned his master’s degree in Fine Arts and Education from Columbia University in 1951.

 

A Pioneer For Abstract Expressionism

 

Garde was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists. Abstract Expressionism as a movement included a wide variety of artists working in New York. What made Abstract Expressionism different was that the artists in this movement had vastly different styles in their practice, but they shared a core philosophy in the way that they created art. One of these core beliefs was the idea that the real work of art was an “open-ended process of creative discovery”. Garde’s work was heavily influenced by expressionist art mixed with surrealistic and figurative elements.

 

Notable Works

 

There are a few notable works by the late Harold Garde. One of these pieces, Iconoclass (c. 1970s), was added to the Museum of Florida Art’s permanent collection. Iconoclass is
a 8×24-foot, 16-panel mural. Garde’s work is also on display as part of
permanent collections in the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art
Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, University of Wyoming Art Museum and
Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

 

Shows At Mills Art Gallery

 

Mills Art Gallery has been blessed to have featured several works by
Harold Garde. These shows have included: “Harold Garde BURN THIS DOWN:
Reflections on the Art World” (2019), “It’s Personal by Harold Garde”
(2020), and “They Art Us: New Works by Harold Garde” (2021)

 

“Throughout his lifetime as an artist, Harold Garde has
depicted the human figure as a central part of his work. In the
expression of the human face, in the interaction of human beings in
figures, forms and in pictorial narrative have been a reoccurring
fascination in the work of Garde.”

 

– Jennifer McInnes Coolidge, Lead Curator, Mills Gallery in a piece about “They Art Us: New Works by Harold Garde”

 

 

Remembering The Legacy of Harold Garde

 

Mills Art Gallery as well as the Central Florida community is keeping
Harold Garde close in their hearts. Not only was Harold a notable
figure in the art world, but he was also a friend to many. Harold
Garde’s legacy and memory will continue to live on. We hope that you can
join us on December 11th, 2022 at Mills Art Gallery to connect with the community in remembering Harold Garde.

 

About Mills Art Gallery

 

Mills Gallery serves as a center of visual art, education, and
culture. a fast-growing online art gallery, We are connecting people
with art and artists they love. The gallery offers a beautiful selection
of paintings, drawings, sculptures, design, and photography in various
price ranges. Overall, we provide artists from around the world with an
expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work.
Visit www.millsgalleryorlando.com to learn more.

 

In Lieu of Flowers, Please donate to The Harold Garde Studio Art Scholarship.

 

Remembering The Legacy of Harold Garde

 

Mills Art Gallery as well as the Central Florida community is keeping Harold Garde close in their hearts. Not only was Harold a notable figure in the art world, but he was also a friend to many. Harold Garde’s legacy and memory will continue to live on. We hope that you can join us on December 11th, 2022 at Mills Art Gallery to connect with the community in remembering Harold Garde.

 

About Mills Art Gallery

Mills Gallery serves as a center of visual art, education, and culture. a fast-growing online art gallery, We are connecting people with art and artists they love. The gallery offers a beautiful selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, design, and photography in various price ranges. Overall, we provide artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Visit www.millsgalleryorlando.com to learn more.

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