A Colorful Life

As her current exhibit shows, at 84, renowned painter Grace Hartigan is still pushing boundaries and creating art

April 02, 2006|By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY | MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER

WHEN GRACE HARTIGAN WAS A LITTLE girl, she was bewitched by gypsies.

In the 1930s, the Travelers still roamed the countryside in nomadic caravans, and young Grace would shinny up the apple tree in her parents' backyard in Newark, N.J., to spy on them. She spent hours watching the women in colorful skirts and big hoop earrings telling fortunes, the men sharpening their knives.

GRACE HARTIGAN: PORTRAITS FROM THE MASTERS, NEW PAINTINGS / / Exhibit runs through April 29 / / C. Grimaldis Gallery,

523 N. Charles St. / / Admission is free / / Call 410-539-1080 or visit cgrimaldisgallery.com

Grace Hartigan

Age:

84

Occupation:

Painter

Alternate occupation:

Teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art

Home:

Lutherville

Raised:

Newark, N.J.

Most famous private collector of her work:

Mick Jagger

Education:

High-school graduate. She mostly taught herself how to paint.

Number of honorary degrees from universities:

Six

Early mentors and friends:

Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Larry Rivers, Philip Guston, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank O'Hara

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