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From Beginning to End Ron Garrigues A Retrospective of the Last Quarter Century 33 Clayboard Etchings: The Big Bang Series 33 Sumi Ink on Silk Paintings: Next One Billion Humans 2025 AD Series 33 Cast Bronze Sculptures: Man and Beast Series


From Beginning to End Varnish Fine Art February 25 - March 31st, 2012 San Francisco California


50 years after his groundbreaking solo exhibit at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Ron Garrigues honors Varnish Fine Art with a retrospective spanning the last quarter century of creative endeavor.

the basis of his art while retaining a commitment to the beauty of form. Sublime tension, particularly in Garrigues’ series of bronze skulls, engages the viewer on a visceral level, driving his message home.

Varnish Fine Art presents a retrospective solo exhibition of the past 33 years of artwork by Ron Garrigues. “From Beginning to End” features 33 bronze sculptures (Man and Beast Series), 33 etchings on clayboard (the Big Bang Series) and 33 sumi ink paintings mounted on silk (the Next One Billion Humans 2025 AD Series). Ron Garrigues resonates with the concerns of 21st Century Mankind, using his art as a vehicle to bear witness to the beginning (the Big Bang) and as a foretelling of a possible end for Man and Nature.

Since 2007, Garrigues has turned his attention to the second dimension, using clayboard and traditional sumi ink materials to address concerns about the number of humans occupying the planet Earth and the sustainability, or lack thereof, of this unmitigated population explosion.

Ron Garrigues first gained critical acclaim in the art world with his 1961 solo exhibit of sculpture at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Referencing sculptural skills gained under the tutelage of Richard Whalen, Peter Voulkos and Harold Paris and influenced by the poetics of late 1950’s Beat culture in North Beach, Garrigues explored what he describes as “the lyric purity of form and line.” He trekked around the world, exploring rainforests, climbing the Andes, Himalayas, Alps and the Sierra Nevada, all the while recording the impact of “Man” on “Nature.” His observations on extinction, overpopulation and greed in the new millenium form

“Beauty works for Garrigues… It serves him, and serves his message, and he has got something very serious to say. We can only hope that he is heard.” – Thomas Berry (1914-2009)

MAN AND THE EARTH THE PARASITE DEVOURING THE HOST I know that this title would have won little credence when I began my series of cast-bronze abstract skulls nearly twenty years ago, depicting events that were becoming inevitable. The accelerating multiplicity of these human-caused world problems are, for the most part, irreversible and inevitable and the awareness of many of them is finally being recognized in the developed world. They remain virtually invisible to the bulk of humanity who lives in extreme poverty and desperation. It seems to me like a “Perfect Storm” which in the near future will engulf not just us but the entire world. There are some who believe that technology will ameliorate or at least lessen these events and buy us some time. They hope conservation will reverse it. The drastic measures needed are not politically palatable to governments and special interests of enormous global corporations. Governments are incapable of changing this trajectory. World religions are likewise powerless or even worse, obstructionists. My series of sixty-three bronze skulls, in editions of five, is now completed. They visually depict each of the major and self-interested ingredients of this potential catastrophe. -RG


MAN AND BEAST Cast Bronze Sculptures 1990-2001 MAN VERSUS BEAST


Having travelled on foot for the past quarter century in the great mountain rangers and rain forests of the world, I am an appalled witness to the rampant destruction wrought by man’s presence on our fragile planet. No one with eyes can miss it yet it continues unabated and accelerated. It is denied, dismissed or simply excused by most of Earth’s six billion humans. This has deeply affected my art which was once centred on the lyric purity of form and line. Since 1990, I have turned to the stark metaphor of the skull, animal and human. The skull both attracts and repels. There is a beauty in the skull but it implies foreboding. The skull is a signpost on the road we travel. Ronald Garrigues Bolinas, California 2000

Yab Yum, Thank You Mum 1999 19 x 7 x 9” $30,000.00

Scarlet Macaw: Cornfield Sacrifice 1992 13 x 5 x 5” $20,000.00

Two Birds of Paradise Lost 1996 25 x 9 x 7” $24,000.00


California Condor 1998 Triple Gold Plated 9 x 6 x 14” $30,000.00

Bear: Asian Medicine Sacrifice 1994 11 x 9 x 9” $22,000.00

American Crocodile: Fashion Sacrifice 1994 14 x 9 x 16” $30,000.00

Black Rhino: Aphrodisiac & Dagger Sacrifice 1993 13 x 22 x 9” $25,000.00


Fossil Fuel Man 1992 16 x 14 x 8” $20,000.00

Automotive-Age Man: Self Sacrifice II 1995 15 x 6 x 10” $22,000.00

Transglobal Virus I 1997 14 x 11 x 6” $25,000.00

Transglobal Virus II 1997 16.25 x 8.25 x 9.5” $25,000.00


Overpopulation: The Crux of the Matter II 1995 21 x 8 x 19” $30,000.00

Overpopulation: The Crux of the Matter I 1995 23 x 9 x 18” $30,000.00

Overpopulation: The Crux of the Matter III 1995 22.5 x 10.25 x 15.25” $30,000.00


Rising Waters II 1998 10 x 7 x 11” $22,000.00

Rising Waters I 1997 7 x 10 x 12” $22,000.00

Dr. Frankenkloner 1997 19 x 13 x 15” $25,000.00


Nuclear War Head 1995 14 x 10 x 13” $25,000.00

The Nature of the Beast II 1995 15 x 9 x 12” $25,000.00

Onward Christian Soldiers 1995 26.5 x 11 x 12” $25,000.00


Aeronautic-Age Man 1995 13 x 7 x 14” $22,000.00

The Nature of the Beast I 1994 13 x 8 x 10” $22,000.00

Famine: Malthus Was Right 1995 17 x 7 x 7” $22,000.00

King Ludd 1996 8 x 12 x 18” $25,000.00


Dick’s World 1999 11 x 9 x 9” $20,000.00

Yes Sir That’s My Baby 1998 12 x 7.75 x 6” $20,000.00

No Sir, I Don’t Mean Maybe 1999 25 x 11.5 x 13” $30,000.00


Lingham/Yoni IV 2001 $10,000.00

Lingham/Yoni I 2001 $10,000.00

Lingham/Yoni V 2001 $10,000.00

Lingham/Yoni II 2001 $10,000.00 Lingham/Yoni III 2001 $10,000.00

Lingham/Yoni VI 2001 $10,000.00


THE BIG BANG SERIES Clayboard Etchings 2009


Somewhere East of Nowhere...

Big Bang 1 5 x 7“ $500.00

Big Bang 2 5 x 7“ $500.00

Big Bang 3 5 x 7“ $500.00


Big Bang 4 5 x 7“ $500.00

Big Bang 5 5 x 7“ $500.00

Big Bang 6 5 x 7“ $500.00

Big Bang 7 5 x 7“ $500.00


Big Bang 8 5 x 7” $500.00

Big Bang 9 5x7 $500.00

Big Bang 10 8 x 11 “ $800.00


Big Bang 13 8 x 10” $800.00

Big Bang 14

Big Bang 11

9 x 12“ $800.00

9 x 12“ $800.00

Big Bang 12 8 x 10 “ $800.00

Big Bang 15 9 x 12” $800.00


Big Bang 16 9 x 12“ $800.00

Big Bang 17 9 x 12“ $800.00

Big Bang 19 8 x 10“ $800.00

Big Bang 18 9 x 12“ $800.00


Big Bang 20 16 x 20“ $1,500.00

Big Bang 23 Big Bang 21 16 x 20“ $1,500.00

Big Bang 22 16 x 24“ $2,000.00

16 x 24“ $2,000.00


Big Bang 24 16 x 24“ $2,000.00

Big Bang 25 9 x 12“ $800.00

Big Bang 26 9 x 12“ $800.00

Big Bang 27 20 x 16“ $1,500.00


Big Bang 29 24 x 36“ $3,000.00

Big Bang 28 20 x 16“ $1,500.00

Big Bang 30 24 x 36“ $3,000.00


Big Bang 31 24 x 36“ $3,000.00

Big Bang32 24 x 36“ $3,000.00

Big Bang 33 24 x 36“ $3,000.00


NEXT ONE BILLION HUMANS, 2025 AD SERIES Sumi Ink on Handmade Paper Mounted on Chinese Silk 2010


In The Developed World birth rates seem to be dropping - Not so for the rest of the world where birth rates are rising. The Planet gains over 100 Million People per year and life spans are longer. Population numbers are dramatically on the rise.

The earth has nearly seven billion humans occupying almost every exploitable niche on our fragile home, the planet earth. We cannot support another billion because there is already:

I don’t wish to be a doomsayer, which i am sometimes labeled. My wish is to bring attention through my work to events, almost beyond control, to people who live their lifes with little awareness to the processes that are unfolding exponentially all around them or simply believe in a technology Savior who will miraculously save us at the tipping point if we have not reached it already.

A lack of arable land almost everywhere.

My work is about caring not scaring.

Eight Billion 1 28.5 x 21“ $1,800.00

A lack of clean water where it is needed most.

Alack of clean energy for the present.

there is food and water or perish. There will be, to my mind, conflicts or even wars as many people move in vast numbers to survive. We will all be affected. Just think of how and be astonished. We are all connected and linked together in one way or another.

Global warming whatever the cause. There are already billions of people living on two dollars a day and there will be food shortages which will spike prices and virtually make food unaffordable to billions of people who cannot grow it.

Ronald Garrigues Bolinas, California March 17th, 2011

The probable result will be catastrophic. For many people will have to migrate to where

Eight Billion 2

Eight Billion 3

15 x 16.5“ $1,800.00

18 x 25” $1,800.00


Eight Billion 5 20 x 22“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 6 16.25 x 23“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 4 13.5 x 17.75“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 7 17.75 x 18.25“ $2,200.00

Eight Billion 8 15.75 x 22.5“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 9 15.75 x 24“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 10 16.5 x 25.5“ $2,200.00

Eight Billion 13 Eight Billion 11 17.75 x 26.25“ $2,600.00

Eight Billion 12 15.5 x 24.75“ $2,600.00

23.5 x 28“ $2,600.00


Eight Billion 17

Eight Billion 14

17.75 x 20.75“ $1,800.00

20.75 x 24.5“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 15 18 x 43“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 18 Eight Billion 16 21.75 x 41“ $1,800.00

15 x 37“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 3 14 x 44“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 22 15.75 x 31“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 19 15 x 37“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 20

Eight Billion 21

15.75 x 36.5“ $1,800.00

14 x 44“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 23 14 x 44“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 24 15.75 x 48“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 25 15.75 x 42“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 26 15.5 x 42“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 27 16.5 x 46“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 28

Eight Billion 30

16.75 x 54“ $1,800.00

15.5 x 41“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 29 15 x 43.5“ $1,800.00


Eight Billion 31

Eight Billion 32

15.75 x 42“ $1,800.00

15.5 x 42“ $1,800.00

Eight Billion 33 15.75 x 42“ $1,800.00


Ron Garrigues CV EDUCATION University of San Francisco, 1956, B.A. University of California, bronze casting with Jacques Schnier, Harold Paris and Peter Voulkos, 1962 Studied wood sculpture with Richard Whalen, 1956 SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2007 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 2006 “Y” Fest, San Francisco, CA 2005 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2004 Fetterly Gallery. Vallejo, CA 2004 Commonweal Gallery, Bolinas, CA 2003 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2003 Roshambo Gallery, Healdsburg, CA 2001 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2000 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas,CA 2000 Mussi Artworks Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1999 Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, Santa Rosa, CA 1999 Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 1999 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1998 Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA 1997 Gorbachev State of the World Forum, San Francisco, CA 1996 Gorbachev State of the World Forum, San Francisco, CA 1995 Gorbachev State of the World Forum, San Francisco, CA 1965 Hollis Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1963 Stable Gallery, New York, NY 1963 Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA 1963 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 1961 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2011 Scope Art Miami (Varnish Fine Arts), Miami, FL 2011 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 20 11 Varnish Fine Art Inaugural Opening, San Francisco, CA 2010 Robert Berman Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 2008 Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2008 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 2007 Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2006 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2006 Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2006 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 2005 Solomon-Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2005 Miniature Show, Annual, Bolinas, CA 2005 Bolinas Museum Annual Exhibit, Bolinas, CA 2005 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2005 Claudia Chaplin Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA 2005 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2005 Japanese American Historical Society “60th Commemoration Hiroshima”, San Francisco, CA 2005 California Lawyers for the Arts, Sacramento, CA 2004 Commonweal Gallery, CA 2004 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2004 Stewart -Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2004 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2004 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA 2003 111 Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003 Varnish Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2003 Dovetail Gallery, Chico, CA 2003 S.F. Intn’l Art Expo, R. Berman Gallery, Ft. Mason, San Francisco, CA 2002 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2002 Claudia Chapeline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA 2002 ADIDA’S ART SHOE World Tour, USA, Asia, Europe 2002 2002 EAMES ART CHAIR World Tour, USA, Asia, Europe


2002 Steward Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2002 SF Intn’l Art Expo, R. Berman Gallery,Ft. Mason, San Francisco, CA 2001 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2001 Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 2001 111 Minna Gallery,San Francisco, CA., 7-11 Group Show, 2000 . Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA 1999 Art in the Redwoods, Gualala,CA 1998 Center for Art and Earth, New York 1997 Center for Art and Earth, N ew York 1961 San Francisco Museum of Art, Twenty Fourth Annual Drawing, Print and Sculpture Exhibition 1960 Eric Locke Galleries, San Francisco, Third West Coast Sculpture Show 1960 San Francisco, Fourteenth Art Festival 1959 Oakland Art Museum, California Sculptors’ Annual Exhibition WORKS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF: Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller, New York, NY Mr. and Mrs. John Gilmore Ford, Baltimore, MD Mrs. Jesse W. Lilienthal, Hillsborough, CA Ms. Joan Halifax, Santa Fe, NM Mr. and Mrs. Carter Thatcher, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Brayton Wilbur, Sr, Hillsborough, CA Mr. Carol Summers, Santa Cruz, CA Mr. and Mrs. Charles Feingarten, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. John Bolles, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. F. Brock Fuller, San Rafael, CA Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beasley, Oakland, CA Mr. Eiming Jung, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schaffer, Oakland, CA Mr. Sam Keen, Sonoma, CA Dr. and Mrs. Stanislav Grof, Mill Valley, CA Ms. Maude Oakes, Carmel, CA Mr. John Batz, San Mateo, CA Mr. Bill Jersey, Berkeley, CA Perini Associates, San Francisco, CA Ms. Mary Williams, Seattle, WA Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Fulmer, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Calkins, Novato, CA Mr. Jud Bergeron, Berkeley, CA Mr. Lex Lucius, Santa Fe, NM

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Colvin, Mill Valley, CA Dr. and Mrs. Irving Berlin, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Max Schardt, San Francisco, CA Dr. Richard Levine, Berkely, CA Ms. Patricia Nealon, Mill Valley, CA Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jacobs, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cronin, San Francisco, CA Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Langton, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Mark Garrigues, Ridgewood, NJ Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Culhane, Mill Valley, CA Ms. Mildred Devlin, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Tidd, San Francisco, CA Mr. Clifford Janoff, Mill Valley, CA Mr. Rod Taylor, San Rafael, CA Mr. Richard Galland, Muir Beach, CA Dr. Gordon Engle, Sausalito, CA Mr. Robert Stewart, Lucas Valley, CA Mr. Ronnie Rogers, Oakland, CA Mr. and Mrs. David Bromwell, Bolinas, CA Mr. and Mrs. Michael Steele, Far Hills, NJ Mr. Michael Hokenson, New York, NY Mr. and Mrs. Al Farrow, San Rafael, CA Mr. and Mrs James Danisch Petrolia, CA Mr. Walter Cecil, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Tim Dam, Walnut Creek, CA Frances Connelly, Mill Valley, CA Dr. Michael Freeman, Mill Valley, CA Amy and John Gage. Mill Valley, CA Stephen Tempest, Salt Lake City, Utah Ms. Mimi Mindel, San Francisco, CA Mr. and Mrs. Grant Irish, Berkeley, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Okamura, Bolinas, CA Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lerner, Bolinas, CA Ms. Penny Righthand, Oakland, CA Dr. and Mrs. David Martin, Mill Valley, CA Mr. Ken Ward, La Honda, CA Sandra and Christopher Osborne, San Francisco, CA Gail Seneca, Inverness, CA Joseph Cho, Los Angeles, CA Daniel Breaux, San Francisco, CA


Š2012 Varnish Fine Art & Ronald Garrigues Directors: Jen Rogers & Kerri Stephens Photography: Dennis Anderson, Richard Challacombe, Piro Patton Layout/Design: Kerri Stephens Published in the USA Varnish Fine Art 16 Jessie St., #C120 San Francisco CA 94105 (415) 433-4400 www.varnishfineart.com


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