Monday, 2 June 2008

Gary Komarin

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.”

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