BIOGRAPHY
GARY KOMARIN 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 and considered a modern master in post painterly abstraction. 

Komarin’s stalwart images have an epic quality that grips 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. He recently returned from a solo museum exhibition at the Musee Kiyoharu in Japan. The exhibition and catalog, Moon Flows like a Willow, was orchestrated by the Yoshi Foundation in Tokyo and Paris. Mr. Komarin was also invited to show his work at the privately owned Musee Mougins in the South of France where he exhibited Vessel pieces from Twenty Four Vessels at Kit Mandor.

In 1996, Komarin’s work was included in a pivotal exhibition at 41 Greene Street where his work was shown with the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston and Bill Traylor. Gary Komarin was invited to show in a catalog exhibition with Robert Motherwell and Sir Anthony Caro in Dublin in 2009. One of the paintings in this exhibition was recently acquired by Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma. And in 2016, Komarin was invited to show with Joan Mitchell and Manuel Neri in Denver. In 2016, a 60 Minutes Producer, Harry Moses, shot, produced and directed a short documentary film on Gary Komarin titled, The Painter’s Path. This follows Komarin’s invitation to participate in a film titled, The Chalkboard Chronicles, narrated by Spalding Grey. He was also included in a recent documentary on American master Clyfford Still, which was aired at the New Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, where Komarin’s work was also acquired for their permanent collection.

Articles and essays about Komarin’s work have been published in the New York Times, Art in America, and Arts Magazine among others. His work may be found in many noted public collections including: Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Denver Art Museum, Denver; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Yoshii Foundation, Tokyo; Musée Kiyoharu Shirakaba, Hokuto; Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, Mougins; Boise Art Museum, Idaho; The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Boston University Museum of Fine Arts; The Microsoft Corporation, galleries Proarta, Zurich; Blount International, Atlanta; The United Bank of Houston, The Hyatt Corporation and American Airlines. Private collections include: Sheila Simonian, New York; James Maher, New York; John McEnroe, New York; Candace Bushnell, New York; The N. Horiuchi Collection, Tokyo; Maxwell Davidson, New York; The Gisep Biert Collection, Zurich; The Abrussezze Collection, New York; The Broadbent Collection, London; The Ron Gremillion Collection, Houston; Mason Klein, The Jewish Museum, New York; Kathryn McCarver Root, New York; Tim Jefferies, London; Robert Lamb, Chicago; Toby Clarke, London; Meredith Long, Houston; David Alan Greer, Los Angeles; Jeffrey Hoffeld, New York; Like Honey, London; Marian Boesky, New York; Tim Culbertt, New York; Wendy Olsoff, New York; The Gonzalo Alvar Collection, Madrid; Ruth O’Hara, New York; Visko Hatfield, Connecticut; Florence de Dampierre, Connecticut.

Gary Komarin lives and works in a house and studio in the wooded hills of Roxbury, Connecticut.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
The Vicomte and Some of His Parts, Madelyn Jordon Gallery, NY
Transfiguration, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Swiss Positions, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

 

2017

Swimming Pink, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

 

2016

Gary Komarin: Mr. Blonde, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Gary Komarin, The First Green Rushing, Gail Severn Gallery,

Ketchum, ID

 

2015

Mark Borghi Gallery, ‘A Wilder Blue’, Bridgehampton, NY

Galerie Design -e- Space, Don’t Tell LIzzie Borden, Paris

Gallerie Baobab, Incident at Osbourne 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, Assisi 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

Hillsborough 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 Emirates

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 Lieberman 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

2016

In With the Pop, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 

2015

Color IV, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Group Exhibition/Selected Works , Mark Borghii, Palm Beach, Florida

Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA, Gail Severn Gallery

San Francisco Art Market, SF, CA, Gail Severn Gallery, ID

Color & Form as Metaphor, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

 

2014

Color III, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Gary Komarin Part I, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

San Francisco Art Market, SF, CA, Gail Severn Gallery, ID

Gary Komarin, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

 

2013

Preview 2014, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Color II, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

San Francisco Art Market, SF, CA, Gail Severn Gallery, ID

 

2012

Pavillon 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 François 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

 

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Musee d’art Classique de Mougins | Mougins, France

A Suite of Blue Sea, Cap Ferat, 72 x 60” 2010

 

The Musee Kiyoharu Shirakaba | Hokuto, Japan

Landscape with a Cup, 60 x 48” 2008

 

The Denver Art Museum | Denver, Colorado

The First Green Rushing, 50 x 48” 2012

 

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | San Diego, California

The Disappointed Mistress, 45 x 39”, 2017

 

Art Museum of South Texas | Corpus Christi, Texas

Durango, 60" x 48” 2010

 

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna | Rome, Italy

In Which the Baron Fallow, 60 x 48” 2009

 

SELECTED CURATORIAL EXHIBITIONS

"Guston, Basquiat, Komarin, Traylor" McEnroe Gallery, NY, 1996

 

"Twombly, Motherwell, Poons, Komarin" Ireland, 2015

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Museums

 

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Musee D’Art Classique, Mougins, France

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

Boston University Art Museum, Boston, MA

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Arkansas Museum of Contemporary Art, Little Rock, AK

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Hyde Park, NY

Musee Kiyoharu, Shirabata, Japan

 

Corporate and Private Collections

 

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

AT&T Corporation, New York, NY

Alan Berger, NY

Barry Blitt, CT

Bashar Al Shroogi, Dubai

Blount Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Continental Airlines, Houston, TX

Candace Bushnell, NY

Christian Levett, Mougins, France

Craig Van der Brule Design, NY

David Alan Greer, Los Angeles, CA

Dick Cavett, NY

Doug and Judy Hamilton, NY

Faegre & Benson, Des Moines, IA

Foundation Yoshii, Tokyo Japan

Garner Tullis, New York, NY and Tuscany, Italy

Gisep Biert, President of Morgan Stanley, Zurich, Switzerland

Herbert Palmer, Los Angeles, CA

Houston Memorial Hospital & Medical Center, Houston, TX

Hyatt Corporation, Houston, TX

James Maher, New York, NY

Jeffrey Hoffeld & Co., New York, NY

Jennifer Luce, La Jolla, CA

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

John McEnroe, New York, NY

John Rubenstein & Associates, Bernardsville, NJ

Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy, NY

Julie Rhodes Design, Houston, TX

Katherine Newman Design, Toronto, Canada

Kimball Museum, Chairperson, Private Collection, Fort Worth, TX

Lars Malmberg / Galerie Proarta, Zug, Switzerland

Luke Honey, de Pury and Luxembourg, London, England

Maison Klein, Curator, Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

Margarate Naeve, Houston TX

Maxwell Davidson, New York, NY

McDonald’s Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Michael Hoban, London, England

Michael Liener, Aurobora Press, San Francisco CA

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Nancy Nordstrom

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ

Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ

Nordstrom Corporation, Seattle, WA

Noriyoshi Horiuchi Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Prudential Insurance Company of America, Boston, MA

Robert Lamm, Los Angeles, CA

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Ruth O’Hara, New York, NY

Segura Press, Tempe Arizona

Scott Oki, Seattle WA

Sheila Simonian, New York, NY

Steven’s Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Susan Dicker / Dicker Fine Arts, Malibu, CA

Tanaka Shiroga, Tokyo, Japan

Tandem Press, University of Wisconsin

Tim Jefferies, London, England

Toby Clarke, Director of The Fine Art Society, London, England

Touche/Ross, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Transco, Inc, New York, NY

Twin Palms Press, Austin TX

United Bank of Houston, Houston, TX

Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W., New York, NY

Zions Bank, Idaho & Utah