April Gornik (American, b.1953) is a painter who specializes in landscapes. She was born in Cleveland, OH, and she received a BFA in 1976 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. Gornik considers herself a Conceptual artist, and she most often works with oil-based paint on canvas. Her earlier works were painted on plywood. In her paintings, Gornik likes to adopt the style of American Luminists and mix them with strange weather conditions, such as waterspouts. One of Gornik's best-known works is Storm and Fires (1990); this work is a drawing in charcoal and pastel on paper. Among her other popular works are Light and Trees, Dune Sky, and Storm Field. Her pieces combine an evocative use of color and contrast to deliver landscapes with an emotional impact. The Smithsonian Art Collectors Program commissioned the artist to work on a painting used as an educational and cultural tool by the Smithsonian Associates in 2007. The resulting lithograph, which Gornik called Blue Moonlight was a huge success. Recently, the lithograph was included in the Graphic Eloquence, an ongoing exhibition of the S. Dillon Ripley Center, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Examples of Gornik paintings include River Crossing (1985), The Lion's Eye (2010), and Sea and Sky (2011). In 2004, Gornik had a mid-career retrospective organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY/Purchase, New York, NY. As part of this retrospective, Gornik traveled to the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS.
Gornik has said the artists that have influenced her include Barbara Takenaga, Francesco Clemente, David Salle, Anselm Kiefer, Amy Myers, and Matthew Ritchie. She said she is also influenced by her husband, painter Eric Fischl. The two artists met while studying at the Nova Scotia Studio of Art and Design. Like other successful artists, Gornik has been involved in a number of exhibitions in different places. Examples of her solo exhibitions include Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (1981), The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada (1985), Kohn-Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (1997), and The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1998). Apart from these solo exhibitions, she has also participated in group exhibitions in different places including the Venice Biennale (1984), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (1986), Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, RI (1988), and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York City (2000). Gornik is the recipient of several awards, such as the Neuberger Museum of Art Annual Honoree (2004) and the Guild Hall Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). Her works are found in numerous public collections in different galleries, such as Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, and University Art Museum, C.S.U., Long Beach, CA. Gornik is represented by the Danese Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Gornik says of her art, "I am an artist that values, above all, the ability of art to move me emotionally and physically. I make art that makes me question, that derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation, that is intuitive, that is beautiful." She currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1953
Born: April 20, 1953, Cleveland, Ohio
1976
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, B.F.A.
Present
Lives: New York, NY

Exhibitions

Literature

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2003 Matthew, Richard. Tampa Review, illus.
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Enright, Robert. “The Pleasure of Their Company: Steve Martin, April Gornik and Eric Fischl in Conversation with Robert Enright”, Border Crossings, August, pp. 26-46, ill.
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1999 Vonnegut, Kurt. Waterscapes, Landscapes. Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, New York, limited hardcover book edition of 100, catalogue edition, ill.
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1996 Sandler, Irving. Art of the Postmodern Era, Icon Editions, NY, 1996, pp. 268-271, ill.
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1994 Slifka, Rose. “From the Studio”, East Hampton Star, Dec. 17, 1994.
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1993 Raynor, Vivien. “An Optimist's Eye in Ridgefield”, New York Times, Dec. 5, 1993, p. CN 30, ill.
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1992 Sanders, Scott Russell, “Staying Put”, Orion, Winter 1992, p. 40, ill.
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1991 “Romance and Irony”, Arts Review, June 11-July 8, 1991.
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1990 Barrie, Lita. “US artists twist nostalgic convention”, NBR Weekend Review, New Zealand, Dec. 1, 1990, p. W 9.
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Loper, David E. “Scorched Earth”, The Sciences, Sept-Oct. 1990, p. 24, ill.
Yau, John. Review, Artforum, September, 1990, p. 153.
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Flam, Jack. “..And Looking Like Provincials,” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 1990, p. A16.
McKenna, Kristine. “The Allure of the Dark Side” Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1990, ill.
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Mann, Kenny. “Seeing But Not Looking,” House in the Hamptons International, March/April 1990, pp. 24ff., ill.
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1989 Shinoda, Tazmi. “The Landscape of April Gornik: Sensuality of the Anonymous,” Mizue, Tokyo, W inter 1989, 124-135, ill.
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Kimmelman, Michael. “Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting,” The New York Times, April 28,1989, p. C30.
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1988 McGuigan, Cathleen. “Transforming the Landscape,” Newsweek, December 26, 1988, pp. 60-2, ill.
Solomon Deborah. “Back to Nature,” House & Garden, November 1988, pp. 64-8, ill.
Braff, Phyllis. “Drawing Lines: East End Anthology,” The New York Times, November 6, 1988.
Lewallen, Constance. “View: April Gornik”, Interview, Crown Point Press, Fall 1988, 24 pp. ill.
Slivka, Rose C. S. “From the Studio,” The East Hampton Star, October 29, 1988.
Dodero, Tony. “Landscape artist opens program at art museum”, Daily Forty-Niner, Oct. 13, 1988, p.7, ill.
Gottlieb, Shirle. “'April in Long Beach”, Seabreeze, Oct. 12, 1988, p.10, ill.
Long, Robert. “East End Drawing Exhibition at Parrish,” Southampton Press/Hampton Chronicle News, October 13, 1988.
Lipson, Karen. “East End Drawings: With Bounds, Diversity,” Newsday, October 7, 1988, p. 12.
Delatiner, Barbara. “The Spotlight Shines on Drawings,” The New York Times, September 11, 1988.
Tuchman, Phyllis. “Interpreting Nature in a SoHo Setting”, Newsday, July 27, 1988, part II, p.7, ill.
Gornik, April. “Rooms in the View,” Arts & Antiques, Summer 1988, pp. 72-77, ill.
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Nochlin, Linda. “En Plein Air: Recent Views of the Great Outdoors,” Interview, April 1988, pp. 18-23.
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1987 Kramer, Hilton. “An Antidote to the Postmodern Blues: 'Realism Today' at the National Academy,” The New York Observer, December 28, 1987.
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