Fish Bowl

Joseph Garlock (1884-1980)
Gouache on paper
Circa: 1956
Size: 12" (h) x 11" (w) (sight)
Garlock discovered Modern Art through Life magazine. The inspiration here might have been one of Matisse’s several goldfish paintings—which Matisse said “brought a soothing, calming influence on the mind.”

Joseph Garlock immigrated from Russia to New York in 1904. After a bunch of odd jobs, Garlock and his wife settled in Bloomfield, NJ as the owners of a small fruits and vegetable store. In 1948 he retired, and at sixty-four years, he found himself itching for something creative to do with his time.

For the next several years, Garlock painted and sculpted somewhat compulsively. He painted at home and a while visiting his daughter Rose at her cabin in Woodstock, NY.

Garlock's subjects ranged widely family portraits, local landscapes, pop culture, and religious ceremonies. He was inspired by images he saw in Life and Look magazines and created paintings based on photographs from these references.

In his late 70s, Garlock developed palsy and sadly had to give up his brushes. He died in 1980 at the age of 96. In the mid-1990s a cache of Garlock's work was found in a woodshed at his recently deceased daughters Woodstock property. James Cox, a local gallery owner, was called and immediately recognized the importance of the find and catalogued the work.Since then Garlock’s has been widely exhibited and collected.

Exhibitions: “Joseph Garlock Paintings and Sculpture,” The Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 2003. "Old World, New Country: The Art of Joseph Garlock," The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL, 2005.


Condition: Excellent. Archivally matted and framed.

Price: SOLD