They Early years
After earning a B.A. at the University of San Francisco 1956, Garrigues’ artistic life began at the age of 29 during his first marriage to Claire Garrigues. In terms of artistic influences, Ron’s role in the family coffee brokerage business brought him in touch with American construction engineer and philanthropist Avery Brundage, who founded the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 1966, and Jesse Lilienthal, Jr., whose family formed important trade relationships with Japan. Ron Garrigues’ first group show was at the Oakland Art Museum in 1959, followed by a solo exhibition in 1961 at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
Seventeen years later Ron married Mary Garrigues under the full moon in march 1973 and spent three years studying at the Oakland ashram of Harish Johari, a North Indian author and Tantric scholar. There they were initiated into esoteric Tantric practices and Garrigues cast his first bronze, a 3-dimensional Sri Yantra mandala which he gifted to his teacher Johari. In 1975, they moved to Mill Valley, CA where they raised their daughter, Simone.
Relation with nature
The core of Garrigues’ message is that our disrespect for the forces of nature will lead to disaster. He weaves this stark idea in with subtlety and dark humor, provoking the viewer to examine their own relationship with nature.
Ron’s time in Amsterdam
After spending meaningful time trekking the world’s mountain ranges, exploring psychedelic experiences all over the world especially his beloved Amsterdam, and seeing the first signs of global climate change, Garrigues began to pivot his artistic production to a series of bronzes that moved away from aesthetically abstract forms into artwork that addressed a range of human-driven social and environmental ills.
Garrigues’ later years
In similar fashion to Claude Monet’s Giverny, Ron Garrigues spent the last 20 years of his life creating a studio and garden paradise in Bolinas, CA, a reclusive nature-loving community in West Marin. His health deteriorated over the years and Garrigues died on 12 June 2020 in his home in Bolinas, CA.