John Grillo, Collage on Board, Signed, 1952
John Grillo, Painter, B. 1917
John Grillo attended Hartford Art School, Conn, where he met Edward
Dugmore 1933-1938. With Alexander Calder and Dugmore, helped Eugene
Berman design sets for Paper Ball:Le Cirque des Chiffonniers. Attended
California School of Fine Arts 1946-1947. Studied with Hans Hofmann in
New York and at Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, Provincetown, Mass.
1948-1951. Received Ford Foundation grant 1964. Taught painting at New
School for Social Research, New York City 1964-1966. Professor of Fine
Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1967-1991.
Selected One Person Exhibitions:
Daliel's Gallery, Berkeley, Calif. 1947; Artists' Gallery, New
York City 1948; Tanager Gallery, New York City 1952, 1960; Tibor de Nagy
Gallery, New York City 1953; Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York
City1955,1957,1959; HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Mass. 1959; Howard Wise
Gallery, New York City 1961,1962,1963; Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles
1962-1963; Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
1962; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Mass 1988; University of
Massachusetts, Amherst 1988; Carlson Gallery, San Francisco 1990.
Selected Group shows:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1952-1953; Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York, 1953,1959; Walker Art Center, 1955; Six
Gallery, San Francisco 1958-1959; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1963;
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1963; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New
York, 1970, 1972, 1977; The Oakland Museum, California, 1973
Excerpted from The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism,
Susan Landauer; and San Francisco and the Second Wave, The Blair
Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism.