For Immediate Release
March 2019

Grier Torrence

Back on Land

February 26 – March 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 2-6pm

Bowery Gallery is pleased to announce Back on Land, an exhibition of recent paintings by Grier Torrence. This is Grier’s third one-person show at Bowery Gallery. Many of the paintings are large narrative/poetry images, with figurative elements (landscape, still life, and the figure all in one painting), in addition to some Farmington landscapes.

Grier de Langley Torrence was born in 1955 in Mt. Kisco, New York, studied at Stanford University (1973-75) and earned his BFA in painting from RISD in 1977. Upon graduation, he began teaching at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT and maintained a painting studio in downtown New Haven. He attended Yale University School of Art from which he graduated in 1981 with an MFA in painting. He served as teaching assistant to Bernard Chaet, a legendary teacher and author, who taught under Joseph Albers. Following graduation from Yale, Grier traveled extensively throughout Europe on an Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship from Yale, seeing museums and making studies after masterpieces. He began exhibiting his work in the seventies in local New England shows, in the eighties in New Haven, including at Munson Gallery, and then in New York at Babcock Galleries, K and E Gallery, the National Academy of Design, and in one-person shows including 55 Mercer Street, and at the Bowery Gallery in 2012 and 2015. In 1985, Grier moved to New York City, leaving a teaching job at Southern Connecticut State University where he had begun teaching in 1982. In New York City, he lived in Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan for eleven years. He painted street scenes as well as narrative paintings, both genres reaching back in his work to the early 1970s. He taught at Pratt Institute’s pre-college program for eight years. Having received a fellowship to work at Woodstock School of Art (the former Arts Students League summer campus), he often spent part of his summers there before moving to Woodstock for two years and then to Farmington, CT to teach at Miss Porter’s School. He lives by the Farmington River with his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Ruth and Jane.

View of works in the exhibition here.

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