Gary KomarinDistinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Gary Komarin - painter, Joan Mitchell Prize winner, Edward Albee Foundation Fellow, represented by ProArte Gallery, Zurich
A risk taker in the Abstract Expressionist tradition, Gary Komarin was born in New York City, the son of a Czech architect and a Viennese writer.
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 exhibited extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. In 2008, he had a solo museum exhibition at the Musee Kiyoharu Shirakaba in Japan. The exhibition and catalogue, Moon Flows Like a Willow, was orchestrated by the Yoshii Foundation in Tokyo with galleries in New York, Tokyo and Paris In 1996 Komarin’s work was included in a pivotal exhibition at 41 Greene Street, NY, where his work was shown with paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston and Bill Taylor. He has also been honored with the Joan Mitchel Prize in Painting, The New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting, the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in Painting, the Elizabeth Foundation New York Prize in Painting and the Benjamin Altman Prize in Painting from the National Academy of Design Museum, New York.