Gary Komarin | Suite of Blue Sea | February 5 – April 30, 2014
Born in New York City, the son of a Czech architect and Viennese writer,
Gary Komarin is a risk taker of contemporary painterly abstraction.
Komarin's stalwart images have an epic quality that grip the viewer with the idea that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless. For painter Gary Komarin, abstraction has never been a formal dead end. Rather, it has allowed him to challenge the limitations of the style - to make painting 'include more' precisely because a recognizable image excludes too much. Komarin has been called a "painter's painter". His status in this regard is based on the authenticity of his work, its deep connection to the tradition of Modern painting as well as its sustained individuality as an utterly personal voice.
Like many of the best artists of his generation he is indebted to the New York School, especially his mentor Philip Guston with whom he studied at Boston University where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Komarin has been particularly successful at filtering these influences through his own potent iconography.
Komarin received The Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting in 1999. He has also received the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in Painting, The Elizabeth Foundation, New York Grant in Painting, The Rutgers University Fellowship in Innovative Printmaking, a Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Philip Hulitar Award in Painting in 1988. He has been exhibiting his work here in the US and abroad since 1979 and in galleries around the world. Komarin's work has also been exhibited at the Musee Mougins, Mougins, France, the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas, the Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, and the Newark Museum as well as the Kunst Art in Zurich. Komarin's paintings are in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections including: Microsoft, AT&T, The Nordstrom Corporation, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Montclair Museum among others.