Abstracted Visions: The Art of Fred Gros

August 1 - January 3, 2021

Custom House Museum | Bryan Gallery

This exhibit will explore the more abstract side of the late Key West artist, Fred Gros.  Gros, who was not only himself a painter, owned and operated an art gallery at 901 Duval Street and taught art education for many years.  Although he worked in many medias – photography, assemblages, acrylics, watercolors, oils on paper and canvas, wood and glass, most of the works on display in the exhibit are abstract watercolors which were part of a collection belonging to his former partner.

Born and raised in Angola, New York, Gros graduated from Syracuse University before studying at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.  He was a lecturer in Aesthetics at Marshall University before becoming an artist in residence at the Des Moines Art Center from 1971 to 1974.  He became the Center’s Director of Arts education in 1974.  Gros also enjoyed numerous solo exhibits across the country – West Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Connecticut.  He received the ‘Best in Show’ award at the 26th Annual Iowa Arts Exhibit.

Gros moved to Key West in 1979, spending several years on the island working in numerous capacities.  In 1983, he was appointed Director of Education for the Key West Art & Historical Society and taught at Fort East Martello Museum.  He also opened a very successful art gallery at 901 Duval Street which showcased a wide variety of artwork ranging from local art to tribal art, African, pre-Columbian and American Indian artwork and antiques.  Some of Key West’s most notable artists were represented at Gros’ gallery including Michael Haykin, Bill Brockway, Roberta Marks, Beth Nable and Jay Gogin.

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