A Newport working Studio Gallery

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Dick Grosvenor

Richard Grosvenor was born in St. Jean de Luz, France in 1928, but has spent most of his early and adult life in Newport, Rhode Island.  It was his teacher, Richard S. Meryman at the Groton School in Groton Massachusetts that opened up the world of painting to him.  Richard said, “His whole thing was sunlight.”.  Others who influenced his early years were Charles Curtis Allen and George Demetrios of Rockport Maine.  In 1951, he graduated with an  B.A. degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

After graduating from Harvard, he was soon employed as a commercial artist for Electric Boat Company of General Dynamics.  In 1953, he was appointed to head the Art Department of St. George’s School in Newport, where he taught for 40 years.  He was honored having his name included on the new Fine Arts Building at the school.

Richard is best known for his watercolors, oils and multi-paneled paintings.  His work reflects the sea and coast and since he is a pilot, his paintings have a certain perspective that comes from being airborne.  All of Richard’s paintings are rooted in a sense of place and his affinity for Narragansett Bay. “I keep going back because the seasons, the weather, the light, are changing.  You have clouds, shadows, extreme fog, and light flashing off the water.  It is never the same.”

His work is included in many communities and corporate and private collections throughout the country.  He was selected by the White House Historical Society to paint a scene of the White House for their Bi-Centennial Calendar for the year 2000. The Newport Art Museum honored Richard with a 50 year retrospective of his art work in 2000. The monies raised from the dinner honoring him at the closing of the retrospective are to be used to finance the purchase of new art works for the museum’s permanent collection.  The Tall Ships Committee commissioned  Richard to paint a watercolor to mark the visit to this city of the Tall Ships in June, 2000. It appeared on a commemorative envelope issued by the US post office on June 30, 2000.  He has won numerous awards at many local galleries, including the Providence Art Club, Newport Art Association and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. One of the multi-paneled works was used as the cover of the Annual Report for Textron Corporation. Richard is the author and illustrator of “Newport, An Artist’s Impressions of Its Architecture and History.”

  • Beavertail Light
  • Fall
  • Glacier Bay
  • Long the Shore
  • View of St. George's