GARY KOMARIN BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY

b. New York City, 1951 

Born in New York City, the son of a Czech architect and Viennese writer, Gary Komarin is a risk taker in 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. 

Guston's influence is evident in Komarin's mergence of drawing and painting often breaking the picture plane of his rich and elegantly composed color fields with an assortment of private iconic cake and vessel-like objects. Preferring non-art industrial canvas tarps and drop cloths, Komarin eschews traditional painting media and materials. He builds layered surfaces with latex house paint in a thinned out sluice mixed with spackle and water. The house paint offers hybrid colors that seem slightly 'off' and the spackle creates a beautiful matte surface. Using color energetically, the quick drying materials allow him to paint with a sense of urgency, which mirrors the tension created by conflicting renderings of the spontaneous and the deliberate, the conscious and the unconscious or the strange and familiar. The resultant image is one that appears familiar but resists recognition. Komarin has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In 1996, Komarin's work was included in a pivotal exhibition in New York City, along with work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston and Bill Traylor. 

Gary Komarin has been honored with the Joan Mitchell 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 from the National Academy of Design Museum, New York. 

Articles and reviews of Komarin's work have appeared in the New York Times, Art in America and Arts Magazine among others. His work may be found in many noted museum, corporate and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Denver Art Museum, the Museum South Texas, Corpus Christi; the Montclair Art Museum; the Newark Museum; the Zimmerli Museum; the Yoshii Foundation, Tokyo; the Arkansas Museum of Contemporary Art; the Musee Mougins in the South of France; the Microsoft Corporation; Blount International, Atlanta; the United Bank of Houston; AT&T and American Airlines. 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2015 
Mark Borghii Gallery, ‘A Wilder Blue’, Bridgehampton, NY 
Gallerie Design -e- Space, Don’t Tell LIzzie Borden, Paris 
Gallerie Baobob, Incident at Osboiurne Grove, Bogota, Columbia 
Gallery 88, East Meets West, Seoul Korea 
Madelyn Jordan Gallery, New Paintings and Works on Paper, New York 
Mark Borghii, Group Exhibition/Selected Works, Palm Beach, Florida 

2014 
Mini Gallery, New Paintings and Works on Paper, Asissi Italy 
The Morrison Gallery, Farmers Logic, Kent, Connecticut 
Galerie Proarta, Komarin, Warhol, Bacon, Arp, Zurich 
Cuadro Fine Arts, New Paintings and The French Wig, Dubai 
Mark Borghii, Group Exhibition /Selected New Works, Bridgehampton, New York 
Gail Severn Gallery, New Paintings, Sun Valley Idaho 

2013 
Vigo Gallery, In Which the Baron Fallow, London, England 
Gail Severn Gallery, Jack’s Bridge, Ketchum Idaho 
Annual Galleries, Solo Exhibition, Paris, France 
Galerie Proarta, Arp, Motherwell, Komarin and Heilman, Zurich, Switzerland 
Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, Tapping Reeve, San Francisco, California 
Gremillion and Co. Fine Arts, The Road so Bare and White, Houston, Texas 
Cuadro Gallery, The Early Influences, Dubai 
Lotte Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Seoul, Korea 

2012 
Hillsboro Gallery of FineArt, Dublin, Ireland States of Feeling: Gary Komarin, 
Robert Motherwell and Larry Poons 
Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
Bonbright Gallery, Down and Dirty Whites, Los Angeles, California 

2011 
Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum Idaho 
Gremillion and Co. Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

2010 
Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emerates 
The Neilson Gallery, Cadiz, Spain 

2009 
Spanierman Modern, New York, New York 
Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Broadbent Gallery, London, England 

2008 
Gail Severn Gallery, Blue Scrubbed White, Ketchum, Idaho 
Kiyoharu Museum, Kiyoharu, Japan 
The FineArt Society, London, England 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

2007 
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho 
Spanierman Modern, New York, New York 
The Goss Gallery, Dallas, Texas 
Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, San Francisco, California 
Costello-Childs Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona 

2006 
Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Incident at Echo Lake, Des Moines,lowa 
Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland 
SG Modern and Contemporary Fine Arts, New York, New York 
The Fine Art Society, The Bourdon Gauge, London, England 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

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

2004 
Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, lowa 
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas 
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada 
Hamiltons Gallery, London, England 
Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Broadbent Gallery, London, England 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

2003 
McGrath Gallery, New York, New York 
Kraft Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 
Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
Kunstart Zurich, Galerie ProArta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland 

2002 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts Houston, Texas 
Peyton/Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Galerie ProArta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NewYork 
Steven Vail Gallery, Des Moines, lowa 
Ballard Featherston Gallery, Seattle, Washington 

2001 
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Museum of Fine Art, New Orleans, Louisiana 
Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

2000 
Peyton/Wright, New York, New York 
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta Georgia 
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

1999 
Aurobora Press, San Francisco, California 

1998 
MOFA, New Orleans, Louisiana 
CS Schulte Galleries, Millburn, New Jersey 

1997 
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington 

1996 
Mark Miller, East Hampton, New York 
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey 

1995 
Sandier Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana 

1994 
Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

1992 
Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, New York 

1991 
Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida 

1990 
Scott Hanson Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

1989 
Brian Reddy, Little Silver, New Jersey 
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida 
Sandier Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, New York 

1988 
Princeton University Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey 

1987
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, New York 
Sandier/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Meredith Long & Company, Houston, Texas 
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida 

1985 
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, New York 
Sandier/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida 
Meredith & Long Gallery, Houston, Texas 

1984 
Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago,Illinois 
Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

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

1982 
University of Texas/Irving, Irving, Texas 
Meredith Long and Company, Houston, Texas 

1981 
Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, New York 
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Gallery, New York, New York 
William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas 

1979 
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, New York 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2012 
Pavilion Des Arts Et Du Design with Galerie Jean-Francois Cazeau, Paris, France 
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair with Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, Palm Springs, California 
India Art Fair, New Delhi with Neilson Gallery, Cadiz, Spain 

2011 
Contemporary and Modern Masters, Jean Francois Cazeau, Paris, France 

2010 
Contemporary Painting, A Survey, Spanierman Modern, New York, New York 

2009 
Hillsboro Fine Arts, Dublin, Ireland 

2007 
Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York 

2006 
The Hungry Eye, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York 
Works on Paper, Spanierman Modern, New York, New York 
Long Island Abstraction, Spanierman Modern, New York, New York 
Discardingly Yours, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
2005 
The Fine Art Society, London, England 
Kunstart Amsterdam with Nico DeLaive 
Gallery Goss Gallery Inaugural Show, Dallas, Texas 
London Art Fair with Broadbent Gallery, London, England 
San Francisco Art Fair with Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, California 
Transversal, curated group show, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 

2004 
Ronald Feldman Gallery, Phillips de Pury & Co.,New York, New York 
Slow Art, Broadbent Gallery, London, England 
32 x 32, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas 
London Art Fair Broadbent Gallery, London, England 
Works on Paper with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York, New York 
Bologna Art Fair with Broadbent Gallery, London, England 

2003
The Americans, Warhol, Francis, Lichtenstein, Christo, Komarin at Galerie Proarta, 
Zurich, Switzerland 
Basel Art Fair with Hamiltons Gallery, London, England 
Milan Art Fair with Galerie Arte, Milan,Italy 
Art of this Century with Mira Godard Gallery, The Armory, New York, New York 
Broadbent Gallery, London, England 
Richmond House Project with Hamiltons Gallery, London, England 
New Abstraction, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York 
Kratt / Lieberman Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois 
Luke Honey, London, England 

2002 
13th Anniversary Show, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 
Kunstart Fair with Galerie ProArta, Zurich, Switzerland 
Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
Galerie ProArta, ZUrich, Switzerland 
100 NJ Artists Make Prints, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey 
The Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey 
The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey 
The Maker’s Mark, The University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana 
Works on Paper with Burton Marinkovich Fine Art, The Armory, New York, New York 

2001
Juried Exhibition, National Academy of Design Museum, New York, New York
Almost Giddy, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee 
New Directions, Masur Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana 
Report & Find, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
Paintings on Paper, Tim Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Mississippi 
New York/New Works on Paper, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York 
Chicago Art Fair with Tandem Press, Chicago, Illinois 
San Francisco Art Fair with Tandem Press 
Works on Paper with Burton Marinkovich Fine Art, The Armory, New York, New York 

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

AWARDS 

The Joan Mitchell prize in Painting, New York 
Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship In Painting, New York 
Elizabeth Foundation Prize in Painting, New York 
Benjamin Altman Prize in Painting, National Academy of Design Museum, New York 
The New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Painting 
Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Painting, Boston University Graduate School of Fine Arts