Paul Grusche as the Artist.
Born: Royal Oak, Michigan – 1970
Paul Grusche has never been able to stand conventional prosperity, so fulfilling achievements in corporatist environs were destined to give way to the financially maddening pursuit of a career in arts and letters. He taught himself how to paint, founded a car magazine, photographed hundreds of cars, built self-taught websites—good ones—and managed a band in LA; he partnered in a hemp company in Seattle in the mid-90s and last but not least, has always, always been a grease monkey.
Paul Grusche (pronounced grew-shay), nickname Groosh since high school.
It was in Portland, Oregon back in 1993 that I realized “how to draw” during free time from a fun field job for Jeep & Eagle advertising. I bought a sketch book at the local art store and tried drawing a car from memory in black pen. After that, I closed the sketch book and reflected on how bad that drawing was. But with no friends, except my old college buddy three hours north in Seattle, I had time on my hands. So, I kept at it. The way I figured it, my corporate career would eventually come to an end and I wanted more to be remembered by, along with something to do when I was 80.
By the end of the year, I had moved back to Michigan, born and raised, sticking to a full time advertising career that didn’t pay much. Five nights a week were spent on the giggle juice at the bars in Keego Harbor with high school friends. I took up a small 10’x 9′ office space in Royal Oak to give me separation and inspiration. I called it my studio. I bought some oils, canvas and another sketch book and retreated to my four walls with tunes, a beer and another beer. With the drafting pencils my dad used in college, I continued sketching and started painting. All the works continued to be from the fantasy land between my ears.
Today I continue to paint and have supplemented my work with thousands of automobile photographs and some sculptures. I’ve also turned my attention to part and auto restoration. All of it a wonderful cyclical creative outlet.
A last note on my artwork… I can spend many hours framing some work. I believe a work needs to be framed by the artist not always the owner. As only the artist can enhance the mood of the work with the proper colors, shapes and textures surrounding it. Therefore, I sign the frames when I complete a piece… and the back of the canvas just in case they get separated.
Thanks for reading.
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7850 2nd St.
Dexter, MI 48130
Three One Zero – 431-5600 – Mobile
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