About Gary Komarin

Gary Komarin Art

Gary Komarin is a multitalented artist that not only paints, but did encaustic paintings and prints for many groups including Garner Tullis in New York and Tandem Press. He has taught and lectured at numerous institutions including SCAD, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, and the Brandeis Group. He has received numerous awards such as the Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Houston Post. He has exhibited throughout the US and also in Canada, London, Amsterdam, Italy, and Japan. Collections include AT&T, Continental Airlines, Galerie ProArta in Zurich, McDonalds, Microsoft, Nordstrom Corporation, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Gary Komarin was born in New York City to a Czech architect and a Viennese writer who fled the Holocaust. He studied art and English at Albany State University and later was the student of the abstract expressionist Philip Guston. Hamlett Dobbins writes, “Gary Komarin does in his paintings what acrobats do on the high wire: there is a constant balancing act between sophistication and simplicity, between cartoon-like expression and eloquent abstraction.”

He uses quick drying mediums like tempera, water-based enamel, and graphite as well as scratching and on-canvas blending which leaves his paintings with a “sense of urgency”, and yet a touch of romanticism. Komarin likes to work with various motifs such as wigs or vessels.

His idea for Cake Paintings on Paper can be credited to his parents. His mother baked lots of homemade cakes when he was growing up and his father was an architect. Komarin realized an excellent opportunity to merge the domestic with the architectural. For example, Italian Wedding Cake looks like it took a note from the Coliseum.

His Duke and Wigmore series came about after a trip to London with his wife and children. One day he was to meet up with her at a pub on a street corner. It was at the crossing of Duke and Wigmore streets, so to remember he repeated these names over and over all day. The mantra did not fade out when he returned to the States so he decided infuse the chant into a series reconciling chaos and control.

Gary Komarin Painting

BORN
1951 New York, NY

EDUCATION
MFA in Painting, Boston University, Student of Philip Guston, 1975-77
Brooklyn Museum School, 1975
New York Studio School
BA in Art and English Literature, Albany State University

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 Incident at Echo Lake, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, IA
- Galerie PorArta, Zürich, Switzerland
- SG Modern and Contemporary Fine Arts, New York, NY
- The Bourdon Gauge, The Fine Art Society, London

2005 Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
- Donna Tribby Fine Arts, Palm Beach, FL

2004 Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, IA
- Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
- Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
- Hamiltons Gallery, London
- Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
- Broadbent Gallery, London

2003 McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
- Kraft Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
- Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
- Kunstart Zürich, Galerie ProArta, Switzerland
- Galerie ProArta, Zug, Switzerland

2002 Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX
- Peyton/Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
- Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York, NY
- Steven Vail Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
- Ballard Featherston Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- MOFA, New Orleans, Louisana
- Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2000 Peyton/Wright, New York, NY
- Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta GA
- Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1999 Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

1998 MOFA, New Orleans, LA
- CS Schulte Gallery, NJ

1997 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

1996 Mark Miller, East Hampton, NY
- Drew University, Madison, NJ

1995 Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1994 Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992 Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, NY

1991 Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1990 Scott Hanson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 Brian Reddy, Little Silver, NJ
- Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
- Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY

1988 Princeton University Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1987 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
- Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX
- Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1985 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
- Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
- Meredith & Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1984 Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL
- Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983 Meadows Museum of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
- Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
- Meredith & Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1982 University of Texas - Irving, Irving, TX
Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX

1981 Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
- Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Gallery, New York
- William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
1979 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 ‘Discardingly Yours”, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2005 Fine Art Society, London, UK
- Kunstart Amsterdam w/Nico DeLaive Gallery, Amsterdam
- Goss Gallery Inaugural Show, Dallas, TX
- London Art Fair, with Broadbent Gallery
- San Francisco Art Fair, with Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery
- “Transversal”, curated group show, Robuschon Gallery, Denver
2004 Ronald Feldman Gallery, Philips de Pury & Co., curated auction,
“Democratic Victory ‘04’, New York, NY
- ‘Slow Art”, Broadbent Gallery, London
- ’32 x 32’, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
- London Art Fair, Broadbent Gallery, London
- Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York
- Bologna Art Fair, Broadbent, London

2003 “The Americans”, Warhol, Francis, Lichtenstein, Christo, Komarin at Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
- Basel Art Fair, Hamiltons Gallery, London
- Milan Art Fair, Galerie Arte at Arta, Bologna, Italy
- “Art of this Century,” The Armory, New York, Mira Godard, Toronto, Canada
- Angus Broadbent Gallery, London
- Richmond House Project, London; Architect: Sir Terry Farrell; Curator: Tim Jeffries, Hamiltons Gallery
- New Abstraction, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York
- Kraft/Lieberman Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago
- Luke Honey, London

2002 “13th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- National Academy of Design Museum Annual Invitational – Recipient Benjamin Altman Prize for Painting
- Kunstart Fair, Zurich, Galerie ProArta
- Robischon Gallery, “Solice”:9/11
- Galerie ProArta, Züg, Switzerland
- 100 NJ Artists Make Prints, NJ State Museum, Morris Museum, Noyes Museum
- The Maker’s Mark, The University of New Orleans, New Orleans
- Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York


2001 “Juried Exhibition,” National Academy of Design Museum, New York City, NY
- Almost Giddy, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
- New Directions, Masur Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
- Report & Find, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
- Paintings on Paper, Tim Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
- New York/New Works on Paper, Lizan Tops, East Hampton, NY
- Chicago Art Fair, with Tandem Press
- San Francisco Art Fair, with Tandem Press
- Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York

2000 Tandem Press, The Print Fair at the Armory, New York
- Homage to the Twentieth Century, New Orleans Center for Contemporary Arts
- Chicago Art Fair, with Thomas McCormick, Chicago
- St. Louis Print Fair, with Burton Marinkovich
- The Baltimore Print Fair, with Gary Godwin, St. Louis
- Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York

1999 The American Summer, Tim Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
- San Francisco Art Fair, with Fay Gold, Greg Kucera, Brian Gross Galleries
- Works on Paper, with Jeffrey Hoffeld and Co., The Armory, New York
- Nature Naturing, Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA
- ‘About Paint’, Linda Cathcart Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
- Komarin Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
- Rutgers Univeristy, Grant Winners/ A Survey of New Work, Rutgers, New Jersey

1998 On Paper – Associated American Artists, New York
- Mac Attack, John McEnroe Gallery, New York
- Third Person, Merrill Lynch, New York
- Works on Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
- Works on Paper, Adam Baumgold Gallery at the Armory, New York
- The Chicago Art Fair, with Garner Tullis, New York
- Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, DC
- The French Wig, Jan Anderson, New York

1997 “New Jersey Biennial,” Newark Museum, New Jersey, curated by
Joseph Jacobs (catalogue)
- “National Invitational Works on Paper,” University of Hawaii (catalogue)
- “East Hampton Drawing Invitational,” curated by Arlene Buljese Gallery, East Hampton, NY
- “The Rain Forest Foundation Art Benefit,” John McEnroe Gallery,
New York, NY
- “Gramercy Park,” Chateau Marmount, Los Angeles, CA
- “Pinned to the Wall,” Parchman Stremmel Gallery, Austin, TX
- “Perspectives of Nature,” Jan Abrams Fine Arts, New York, NY
- “Young Painters,” Montgomery Glasoe, Minneapolis, MN
- The New Americans, The John McEnroe Gallery in Kobe, Japan

1996 “Guston, Basquiat, Komarin, Traylor,” John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jordan Tinker (catalogue)
- “A Changing Cast/Changing Color,” Ruth O’Hara, New York, NY, curated by Michael Walls
- “Fifty/50,” Terrain, San Francisco, CA, curated by Peter Wright
- “Balancing Act,” Room, New York, NY, curated by Richard Dickens
- The Chicago Art Fair, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
- Works on Paper, with Jan Andersen Fine Art at the Armory, NY

1995 “A Part; A Whole,” Room, New York, NY (catalogue)
- “New York, New Work,” Miliana Gallery, Marseilles, France, curated by Gilles Presti, Gagosian Gallery, New York
- New Works on Paper, An Installation at Margaret Lipworth, New York
- ‘On a Smaller Scale’, Grace Hokin, Palm Beach, FL

1994 “Narrative Abstractions,” Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
- “New Directions,” William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
- American Painting, Meredith Long and Co., Houston, TX
1993 “Art and Object,” Frankel Nathanson Gallery, New Jersey, curated by Marjorie Nathanson
- Post Modern Abstraction, Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1992 “Post Modern Abstractions,” Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
- Re-Thinking the Grid, Brian Reddy Gallery, New Jersey
- A Drawing Survey, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York

1991 “Rethinking the Grid,” Brian Reddy, New Jersey

1990 “Past, Present, Future,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Miami, FL
- “The Figure in the Twentieth Century,” Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
- “The Morris Museum/Biennial Survey Show,” The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, curated by R. Ferguson
- Wet Paint, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York

1988 Recent Drawings Here and Abroad, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los
Angeles
- The Morris Museum Biennial, Morristown, New Jersey
- Chicago Art Fair, with Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
- The University of Texas Art Gallery – Texas Artists, Dallas, TX
- San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
- The Long View Museum, Longview, TX
- Fun and Brains, The Kraine Club, New York

1987 “University of Texas - ‘Texas Artists,’” San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
- “Fun and Brains,” Kraine Club Gallery, New York, NY

1986 “Indigestion,” PPOW Gallery, New York, NY
- “Words,” Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL
- “The Society of Four Arts,” Palm Beach, FL
- “The Dog Days of August,” Littlejohn/Smith Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Fred Boyle
- “New Jersey Biennial Show,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, curated by Grace Glueck
- Chicago Art Fair, with Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
- ‘Words’ Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

1985 “Ten Painters in Texas: Survey of Contemporary Painting,” University of Texas - El Paso, El Paso, TX
- The Meadows Museum Of Arts, Dallas, TX

1983 “Recent Trends in American Art,” The Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL
- “Modern Masters/Contemporary Works on Paper,” Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
- “The Painted Object Painted,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- “Art and the Law,” Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, curated by Harry Parker
- “National Drawing Competition,” Yale University, New Haven, CT, juried by Bernard Chaaet

1982 Wunsch Art Center, juried by Patterson Sims
- “Arkansas Art Center/26th Annual Painting Competition,” Little Rock, AR
- About Face, Laura Carpenter Gallery, Dallas, TX

1981 Museum of Fine Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1979 In Context, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Gallery, Geneva, NY

AWARDS
2002 Winner - The Benjamin Altman Prize in Painting

1999 Winner - The Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant

1996 Continental Airlines VIP Gallery Show

1995 New Foundation of the Arts Award

1984 Jane Livingston (Corcoran Gallery/Curator contemporary painting and sculpture), selected award for the Assistance League of Houston

1981 Hilton Kramer, Juror, selection of Purchase Prize, The Art Center 25th Annual Painting & Sculpture Competition

1975 Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Painting, Boston University, assistant to Philip Guston

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Arkansas Art Center
Arkansas Museum of Contemporary Art
AT&T Corporation
Aurobora Press, San Francisco
Blount Corporation
Boston University Art Museum
Continental Airlines
David Alan Greer, Los Angeles
Faegre & Benson, Iowa
Galerie ProArta, Zurich, Switzerland
Garner Tullis, New York & Tuscany
Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts, Houston
Herbert Palmer, Los Angeles
Houston Memorial Hospital & Medical Center
Hyatt Corporation
Jeffrey Hoffeld & Co., New York
Jersey City Museum
John McEnroe, New York
John Rubenstein & Associates, Architects
Kimball Museum, Chairperson, Private Collection
Marian Boesky, New York
Maxwell Davidson, New York
McDonald’s Corporation
Meredith Long & Co., Houston
Microsoft Corporation
Montclair Art Museum
Morris Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Newark Museum
Noyes Museum
Prudential Insurance Company of America
Robert Lamb, Los Angeles
Rutgers University
Ruth O’Hara, New York
Sandler/Hudson, Atlanta
Steven’s Corporation
The Newark Public Library
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The Nordstrom Corporation
Touche/Ross, Inc.
Transco, Inc.
United Bank of Houston
Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W., New York
Zimmerli Museum

COLLABORATIONS
2004 Flatbed Press, Austin, TX
2002 Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
2001 Segura Press, Tempe, AZ
2000 Garner Tullis, New York
2000 Tandem Press, University of Wisconsin
1999 Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
1998 Rutgers University Press, School of Innovative Printmaking, NJ
1997 Garner Tullis, New York

ARTICLES & REVIEWS
King, Sarah S., Art in America, July 2003
Brandenberg, Andreas, Zuger Presse, ‘Complex Paintings from Overseas’,
Galerie ProArta, 2002
Taylor, Art, ‘Komarin at Lizan Tops’, East Hampton Arts, New York, 2002
Schwabsky, Barry, ‘Paintings do the Talking Without Too Many Specifics’, The
New York Times, 2000
Grayson, Clive, ‘Gary Komarin at Susan Conway’, The Washington Post, 1995
Waddington, Chris, ‘Subjects Simple but Art Deceptively Sophisticated’, The
New Orleans Lagniappe, 1996
Langdon, Davis, ‘French Wig in East Hampton,’ Hamptons Gazette 1998
Foxworth, Janet, ‘Gary Komarin’s The Naming of John Dreamer’, The Atlanta
Journal, 1997
Reed, Vincent, ‘Komarin Explores the Painterly’ at Klarfeld Perry, Arts Magazine
1993.
Lloyd, Amy, ‘Gary Komarin Shows New Expressive Work at Sandler/Hudson,
Art in America, 1994.
Loughery, John, ‘Komarin, The Master of the Elemental Image’ at Maxwell
Davidson, Arts Magazine, 1991.
Watson, Edward, ‘Surrealist Loads Canvas’, The New Jersey Star Ledger 1989.
Russell, John, ‘The Dog Days of August’, The New York Times 1987.
Zimmer, William, ‘Something-But What?, The New York Times, 1985.
Zimmer, William, ‘A Rich Array…From Newburgh to Newark’. The New York
Times, 1985.
Everingham, Carol, ‘A Comical View of the American Dream’, The Houston Post,
1982.
Perry, Paloma, ‘Stories in Paint’, The Atlanta Journal, 1981.
Kutner, Janet, ‘Komarin Shows Strong Work’, The Dallas Morning News, 1981.
Baker, Ralph, ‘Komarin Paintings and Works on Paper’, The Museum of Art at
The University of Oregon, Eugene, catalog essay 1980.
Parks, Addison, ‘Gary Komarin New Work at Maxwell Davidson’, Arts Magazine
1979.

TEACHING POSITIONS
1997 University of Iowa, Iowa City; Visiting Painter.
1995-96 Castle Hill Art Center, Truro, MA; Visiting Artist.
1981-84 Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Assistant Professor.
1980-81 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Visiting Artist.
1977-78 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; Assistant
Professor.

LECTURES
University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago
Savannah College of Art & Design
University of Iowa
The Brandeis Group
State University of New York at Purchase
Rice Univeristy
Southern Methodist University
Atlanta College of Art
University of Texas
University of Oregon
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Washington Studio School, Georgetown
 

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