A Tradition Of Still Lifes
Theresa Hinchy Grau and other selected artists

Vintage Still Life Oils

Friday, March 30, 2007-Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Tradition of Still Lifes

Theresa Hinchy Grau
and other selected Western New York artists

EXHIBITION: March 30 – April 28, 2007

Please contact the gallery for availability of works from past exhibits.

Theresa Hinchy Grau (1908-1997)

Theresa Hinchy Grau was born April 8,1908 in Buffalo, New York and was a student of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Among the subjects studied was costume design, for which her entry was awarded a prize by the School of Fine Arts in 1930. From 1932-40 she was an instructor with the Art Institute of Buffalo, teaching antique drawing, life drawing and anatomy. Throughout this time period, numerous awards, newspaper articles and photos appeared recognizing her accomplishments in still life oil painting as well as drawing.

From 1952-1984 Theresa regularly exhibited as a member with Buffalo Society of Artists, Batavia Society of Artists, and Williamsville Art Society of Artists. For three decades beginning in 1964, the Fine Arts League granted many awards for her entries, including four Gold Medals in 1967, 1970, 1974 and 1978. One woman shows were held in the Lancaster Library during the late 1960’s and early 70’s which were very well received.

Theresa’s realistic paintings and graphite drawings were exhibited with the likes of well known contemporaries such as Mildred Green, James Schaffer, Robert and Jeannette Blair. Today this body of work of varied still life compositions displays a mastery of proportion, color and value which remains timeless.

Catalog of the Exhibition

1. Iris Bouquet
20 x 16, oil on canvas board

2. “Spring Bouquet and Primroses”, 1980
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

3. “Yellow Roses”, 1985
14 x 18, oil on canvas board

4. “Jugs and Teasels”, 1970
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

5. “Brass Water Jar and Onions”, 1973
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

6. “Sea Oats and Gourds”, 1985
24 x 20, oil on canvas board

7. M. Dorothy Doyle (dates unknown)
Daylilies in Yellow Vase
18 x 14, oil on canvas board
350.00 (sold)

8. Early Summer Arrangement
32 x 22, oil on canvas

9. Scattered Onions and Teakettle, 1989
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

10. “Copper Kettle and Onions”, 1987
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

11. School Bell
12 x 16, oil on canvas board

12. Anthony Sisti (1901-1983)
Still Life in Green Vase
25 x 20, oil on canvas
775.00 (sold)

13. Ruth Erb Hoffman (1902-unknown)
“Still Life with Green Apples Against a Peacock Background”
24 x 36, oil on canvas board

14. Peonies
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

15. “Lilies and Shells”
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

16. Margaret Evans Price (1888-1973)
White Flowers
24 x 20, oil on canvas

17. “Snowballs and Iris”, 1985
24 x 18, oil on canvas

18. “Golden Trumpets in a Copper Kettle” 1964/89
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

19. “Onions”
20 x 16, oil on canvas board
475.00 (sold)

20. “Roses and Delphinium in a Brass Bowl” 1972
20 x 16, oil on canvas board

21. “Old Sugar Bowl and Fruit”, 1948
16 x 20, oil on canvas board
425.00 (sold)

22. Anthony Sisti (1901-1983)
Tulips in Blue Vase
20 x 16, oil on canvas
715.00 (sold)

23. Earthenware Jug and Onions, 1986
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

24. Pansies, 1980
12 x 16, oil on canvas board

25. “Treasures from the Sea”, 1972
30 x 24, oil on canvas board

26. “Red Checkered Tablecloth”, 1964
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

27. “China Eggs”, 1968
20 x 24, oil on canvas board

28. Pears and Strawflowers
18 x 24, oil on canvas board

29. Margaret Evans Price (1888-1973)
Still Life with Hibiscus and Fruit c.1920
16 x 20, oil on canvas board

30. Volney A. Richardson (1880-unknown)
Auguste Fournier’s Bouquet, 1935
20 x 16, oil on canvas
2300.00 (sold)

• All works are by Theresa Hinchy Grau unless noted otherwise. • All dimensions are in inches, height precedes width.
• Titles in quotes are artist given titles.

My mother the artist

From a young age she was a keen observer of life and nature. She loved the water and took me on many rides on the Crystal Beach boat and others as I was growing up. She was a fine sculptor in her youth but settled on painting after marriage. Early on she did some fine watercolors but finally settled in on oil and china painting.

Very much a realist, she still moved objects on the canvas to aid composition and perspective. She prided herself on her realistic use of color and often mixed two or three or more colors together until she achieved the exact shade and intensity she was seeking. She was very interested in the play of light on her subject and sometimes worked for several hours over successive days to portray the effect of light from her north studio window on a shiny object, such as a vase. This gave such subjects a three dimensional effect.

When she painted flowers she would work feverishly for hours to capture petal shapes and colors before the flowers wilted. She loved painting old barns, and preserved many on canvas before the plague of development, time and weathering destroyed them. She had no use for the houses which replaced them and the open spaces they commanded. She had a fine sense for antiques and along with my father, collected many.

Roy Grau

Theresa Hinchy Grau

Having had polio as a child, she developed a life-long battle with pain, but she never let it get her down. Her favorite Bible verse was, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. She was a “make lemonade when the world gives you lemons” kind of a person.

She was a woman of dignity and grace, a real ‘lady’. She had a warmth and approachability, though she was a bit shy too. She had a steady, almost iron will – a hard worker. She lived with love and integrity. She was a loving and nurturing mother and wife and though she loved her art, family came first, always. She lived in the moment, devoting herself fully to important tasks. More than once she became absorbed in her studio work and a kitchen pot boiled over.

She often helped her husband, Wilson prepare for his prize-winning soapstone sculptures. She taught at Buffalo Art Institute, and also gave occasional private art instructions. She was enthusiastic about other artists’ work, and never stopped learning her craft, never settling for mediocre results. Theresa was a fine cook, pie-maker, and seamstress, making everything from doll outfits to draperies for her windows. She appreciated all the arts, and often listened to classical music. She was an avid reader, especially of mysteries and of artist magazines. We greatly miss her in our lives now.

Kandace Grau, daughter-in-law