Light in August
The painting, “Light in August" in predominantly orange and yellow is one of Julio Granda’s most minimalist abstract works and is part of the “Line Painting” series which he considers derivative of some of his own work from the 1970’s. These vertical abstract, linear, geometric landscapes were comprised of a large installation of painted poles on his Washington, MA property. Mr. Granda continued to explore this theme for much of the decade following (with the Line Paintings) and continues to use the vertical format to yet a completely different effect today. Signed verso.
About Julio Granda
Julio Granda has been painting in the Berkshires close to fifty years, since moving from New York City, where he was a successful art director and book cover designer. He settled in the town of Washington, MA, and later moved to Pittsfield, MA. Currently, Julio paints in his studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.
Julio was a fine arts faculty member at Berkshire Community College for seventeen years, becoming department chair during his tenure there. In 1983 he was appointed by Governor Dukakis to serve on the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and was a charter member of the newly-formed Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. He has exhibited both nationally and regionally and has work in many private collections as well as in public collections such as those of Brown University, Smith College, Yale University and the Chapin Library at Williams College.
His Illuminated Broadsides are in the rare or fine print collections of libraries and museums as well as in private collections throughout the United States. Among the poets and translators with whom he has collaborated or whose work he has illuminated are Martin Espada, Frederico Garcia Lorca, W.S. Merwin, Paul Metcalf/Herman Melville, Pablo Neruda, Ranier Maria Rilke, Richard Wilbur, Grace Paley and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.