What makes him important?
Bruno Groth was a renowned artist of his day. He was primarily productive from 1930 until 1988. His work was included in many major exhibitions, both national and international, and select pieces were acquired for the collections of world class museums such as the Hirshhorn Museum. Commercially, he was represented by strong art galleries in major cities, resulting in the distribution of his works to many respected private collections.
Groth was prolific during his lifetime: he produced more than 400 sculptures in over 60 years of creativity. He additionally found time to design and build several of his homes. He consistently sold his pieces. His entire life he supported his family solely from his art. He was technically very skilled in a variety of materials including ceramics, wood, bronze, and painted metals. He even built his own foundry in order to cast his pieces. His technical skill was such that after losing four fingers on his right hand in an accident in 1978 he continued his productivity and, indeed, produced some of his most intricate works.
The scope of his creative vision spread from the real to the abstract. Even over his wide range of media and mode of expression, the quality of his work was consistently high. As a personal peccadillo, he never repeated the theme of a successful exhibit, preferring to move on to his next creations even though his last ones were highly successful. As a result, each exhibition was unique and independent.
How was his personality reflected in his work?
Nature was Bruno's muse. His love, respect and curiosity for the natural world clearly influenced his artistic voice. Through a variety of materials he sought to portray the "soul" of his subject. He recognized the life force in nature and was able to capture its animism.
Bruno's confidence in his ability to execute his vision in sculpture coupled with his strong work ethic and passion for creativity resulted in hundreds of artworks. He was quoted as saying "If I were full of doubt that perhaps I might do the wrong thing, I would surely do everything wrong all day."
The physical environment of his studios was critical for his inspiration. Over his lifetime he had studios situated in the beautiful nature settings of woodlands, seacoasts, Polynesian islands, and the desert. He built many of his own studios and homes, each of which was a work of art.
We hope you enjoy studying this extraordinary collection and find it inspirational.
The Groth Family