Life is a gift. Make the most of it by following your passion and never looking back. H. Hargrove
The story of H. Hargrove begins with colored pencils. For his tenth birthday in 1951, Nicolo Sturiano received a gift of colored pencils. Little did he realize that this present would be the catalyst for developing a talent which would take him from his home in Italy to Americaand the distinction of being one of his adopted countrys most-collected living artists.
Twelve years later, now formally trained as a wine chemist by the Wine Institute of Marsala, Nicolo accepted a position in a small vineyard in upstate New York. His career soon changed direction when he discovered and fell in love with the rural countryside, which reminded the homesick young man of his native Italy. Struck by the beauty and antiquity of the weathered barns and covered bridges, Nicolo spent his weekends afield with his easel, canvas, brushes, and paint. The winery owners were so impressed with his images that they asked him to create art for the tasting room. Much to Nicolos delight, the paintings garnered more praise than the wine, and the rest, as they say, is history. Soon, Nicolo found himself in New York City, selling paintings to a Greenwich Village gallery. Americana became his subject of choice, so he felt he had to find an American name under which to paint. In clichd but classic fashion, he turned to the telephone book, found a listing for Hargrove, H, and assumed the name for his own. A Chicago art distributor discovered the work of the newly-renamed H. Hargrove, and soon his paintings were being collected throughout the Midwest. As his fame spread, collectors demanded to meet the artist, and his first Chicago presentation drew nearly two thousand people, most of whom carried their own Hargrove paintings to be autographed personally by their favorite artist. Today, over a million pieces of H. Hargroves art are displayed in homes throughout the world. Earlier open editions soon led to limiteds, and today every Hargrove is offered only in limited edition runs. His annual Christmas Limiteds have found warm welcomes in the homes of thousands of art lovers nationwide, and many sell out following their debut on the cover of the fall edition of the quarterly Hargrove newsletter. In 1996, H. Hargrove created a commemorative painting for the Centennial Olympic Games: "From Athens to Atlanta" proved to be one of the artists most celebrated works. Three years later, he memorialized the Womens World Cup of Soccer in another paintingand was invited to the New Jersey State Capitol at Trenton to present a lithographed reproduction to then-governor Christine Todd Whitman. The Italian Consulate in Trenton has produced a textbook for high-school students featuring the accomplishments of Italian-Americans and their contributions to America and the world. It was only natural that they commission H. Hargrove, an American citizen of Italian descent, to paint the cover. The original painting now graces one wall of the consulate. H. Hargrove and his art have been featured on television, including NBCs Today; plus, he has been interviewed on radio and heralded in magazines throughout America. The United States Marine Corps brought him to the Pentagon to present a special showing of his work to our armed forces personnel. He numbers celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse among his collectors and has visited his television show on more than one occasion. Hargroves fame has happily enabled him to give back to his adopted country through his participation in various charities. A retrospective showing of his work at the historic Cincinnati Art Club, where the artist was joined by hall-of-fame basketball player Oscar Robertson, raised thousands of dollars for inner-city children. At a Chicago show, before an audience of 900, Hargrove painted a 30-by-40-inch canvas over an hours time and auctioned it off, thus raising $8,000 to aid research into childrens leukemia. A New Orleans show reaped a similar benefit for the Childrens Miracle Network. H. Hargrove has been called a poet with a brush, a compelling visual storyteller, a true renaissance man. Those praises ring especially strong, considering that he has never had so much as one art lesson in his entire life. And to thinkit all began with a box of colored pencils.