Biography

Gary Komarin was born in New York City to a Czech architect and a Viennese writer who fled the Holocaust. In 1977, he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Boston University, where he assisted the abstract expressionist Philip Guston.  Guston’s influence and belief in cultivating the unknown in painting is definitely visible in Komarin’s work, as is Guston’s peculiar sense of form. However, Komarin uses color energetically and paints with a sense of urgency. Komarin uses quick drying mediums like tempera, water-based enamel, and graphite as well as scratching and on-canvas blending in his abstract paintings. In 2000, the New York Times wrote: “Seemingly imprecise in their imagery, austere in palette, self-absorbed in feeling, their surfaces gritty and un-ingratiating, Komarin’s paintings can nevertheless become eloquent…the forms resonate when they are at once strange and familiar.” Komarin has received numerous awards such as the Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting, the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts grant.  He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. In 1996, Komarin’s work was included in a seminal catalogue exhibition at 41 Greene Street in New York alongside works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Phillip Guston, and Bill Traylor. In 2008 Komarin had a solo exhibition at the Musée Kiyoharu Shirakaba organized by the Yoshii Foundation in Tokyo.  In 2009, his work was presented in a group exhibition at Cuadro Gallery in Abu Dhabi alongside works by Jeff Koon Basquiat, and Alexander Calder, among others.  Also in 2009, Komarin’s work was shown at Spanierman Modern in New York with works by Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko.  Most recently his work was included in Vernissage, a group exhibition curated by Roxanna Piravano Malmberg at Galerie ProArta in Zurich, Switzerland, which also included works by Yves Klein, Christo, Andy Warhol, and Francis Bacon, among others. Throughout his career, Komarin has held teaching positions at the Iowa City Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York Southern Methodist University, and the University of Oregon at Eugene, and has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Iowa.


EDUCATION

1975-77
MFA in Painting, Boston University, Student of Philip Guston
1975
Brooklyn Museum School
New York Studio School
BA in Art and English Literature, Albany State University

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006
Incident at Echo Lake, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, IA
Galerie PorArta, Zürich, Switzerland
SG Modern and Contemporary Fine Arts, New York, NY
The Bourdon Gauge, The Fine Art Society, London
2005

Elins Eagles Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Donna Tribby Fine Arts, Palm Beach, FL
2004

Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, IA
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Hamiltons Gallery, London
Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
Broadbent Gallery, London
2003

McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
Kraft Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Kunstart Zürich, Galerie ProArta, Switzerland
Galerie ProArta, Zug, Switzerland
2002

Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Peyton/Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York, NY
Steven Vail Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
Ballard Featherston Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001

The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
MOFA, New Orleans, Louisana
Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2000

Peyton/Wright, New York, NY
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta GA
Gremillion & Company Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1999

Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
1998

MOFA, New Orleans, LA
CS Schulte Gallery, NJ
1997

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996

Mark Miller, East Hampton, NY
Drew University, Madison, NJ
1995

Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1994

Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992

Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, NY
1991

Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1990

Scott Hanson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989

Brian Reddy, Little Silver, NJ
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
1988

Princeton University Gallery, Princeton, NJ
1987

Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1985

Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Meredith & Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1984

Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL
Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983

Meadows Museum of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
Meredith & Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1982

University of Texas – Irving, Irving, TX
Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX
1981

Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Gallery, New York
William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
1979
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006

‘Discardingly Yours”, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2005
Fine Art Society, London, UK
Kunstart Amsterdam w/Nico DeLaive Gallery, Amsterdam
Goss Gallery Inaugural Show, Dallas, TX
London Art Fair, with Broadbent Gallery
San Francisco Art Fair, with Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery
“Transversal”, curated group show, Robuschon Gallery, Denver
2004
Ronald Feldman Gallery, Philips de Pury & Co., curated auction,
“Democratic Victory ‘04’, New York, NY
‘Slow Art”, Broadbent Gallery, London
’32 x 32’, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
London Art Fair, Broadbent Gallery, London
Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York
Bologna Art Fair, Broadbent, London
2003

“The Americans”, Warhol, Francis, Lichtenstein, Christo, Komarin at Galerie ProArta, Zürich, Switzerland
Basel Art Fair, Hamiltons Gallery, London
Milan Art Fair, Galerie Arte at Arta, Bologna, Italy
“Art of this Century,” The Armory, New York, Mira Godard, Toronto, Canada
Angus Broadbent Gallery, London
Richmond House Project, London; Architect: Sir Terry Farrell; Curator: Tim Jeffries, Hamiltons Gallery
New Abstraction, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Kraft/Lieberman Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago
Luke Honey, London
2002

“13th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
National Academy of Design Museum Annual Invitational – Recipient Benjamin Altman Prize for Painting
Kunstart Fair, Zurich, Galerie ProArta
Robischon Gallery, “Solice”:9/11
Galerie ProArta, Züg, Switzerland
100 NJ Artists Make Prints, NJ State Museum, Morris Museum, Noyes Museum
The Maker’s Mark, The University of New Orleans, New Orleans
Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York
2001

“Juried Exhibition,” National Academy of Design Museum, New York City, NY
Almost Giddy, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
New Directions, Masur Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Report & Find, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Paintings on Paper, Tim Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
New York/New Works on Paper, Lizan Tops, East Hampton, NY
Chicago Art Fair, with Tandem Press
San Francisco Art Fair, with Tandem Press
Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York
2000

Tandem Press, The Print Fair at the Armory, New York
Homage to the Twentieth Century, New Orleans Center for Contemporary Arts
Chicago Art Fair, with Thomas McCormick, Chicago
St. Louis Print Fair, with Burton Marinkovich
The Baltimore Print Fair, with Gary Godwin, St. Louis
Works on Paper, with Burton Marinkovich, The Armory, New York
1999

The American Summer, Tim Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
San Francisco Art Fair, with Fay Gold, Greg Kucera, Brian Gross Galleries
Works on Paper, with Jeffrey Hoffeld and Co., The Armory, New York
Nature Naturing, Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA
‘About Paint’, Linda Cathcart Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Komarin Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
Rutgers Univeristy, Grant Winners/ A Survey of New Work, Rutgers, New Jersey
1998

On Paper – Associated American Artists, New York
Mac Attack, John McEnroe Gallery, New York
Third Person, Merrill Lynch, New York
Works on Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Works on Paper, Adam Baumgold Gallery at the Armory, New York
The Chicago Art Fair, with Garner Tullis, New York
Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, DC
The French Wig, Jan Anderson, New York
1997

“New Jersey Biennial,” Newark Museum, New Jersey, curated by Joseph Jacobs (catalogue)
“National Invitational Works on Paper,” University of Hawaii (catalogue)
“East Hampton Drawing Invitational,” curated by Arlene Buljese Gallery, East Hampton, NY
“The Rain Forest Foundation Art Benefit,” John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY
“Gramercy Park,” Chateau Marmount, Los Angeles, CA
“Pinned to the Wall,” Parchman Stremmel Gallery, Austin, TX
“Perspectives of Nature,” Jan Abrams Fine Arts, New York, NY
“Young Painters,” Montgomery Glasoe, Minneapolis, MN
The New Americans, The John McEnroe Gallery in Kobe, Japan
1996

“Guston, Basquiat, Komarin, Traylor,” John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jordan Tinker (catalogue)
“A Changing Cast/Changing Color,” Ruth O’Hara, New York, NY, curated by Michael Walls
“Fifty/50,” Terrain, San Francisco, CA, curated by Peter Wright
“Balancing Act,” Room, New York, NY, curated by Richard Dickens
The Chicago Art Fair, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Works on Paper, with Jan Andersen Fine Art at the Armory, NY
1995

“A Part; A Whole,” Room, New York, NY (catalogue)
“New York, New Work,” Miliana Gallery, Marseilles, France, curated by Gilles Presti, Gagosian Gallery, New York
New Works on Paper, An Installation at Margaret Lipworth, New York
‘On a Smaller Scale’, Grace Hokin, Palm Beach, FL
1994

“Narrative Abstractions,” Bruce Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
“New Directions,” William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
American Painting, Meredith Long and Co., Houston, TX
1993
“Art and Object,” Frankel Nathanson Gallery, New Jersey, curated by Marjorie Nathanson
Post Modern Abstraction, Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1992

“Post Modern Abstractions,” Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Re-Thinking the Grid, Brian Reddy Gallery, New Jersey
A Drawing Survey, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
1991

“Rethinking the Grid,” Brian Reddy, New Jersey
1990

“Past, Present, Future,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Miami, FL
“The Figure in the Twentieth Century,” Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
“The Morris Museum/Biennial Survey Show,” The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, curated by R.Ferguson
Wet Paint, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York
1988

Recent Drawings Here and Abroad, Herbert Palmer Gallery, LosAngeles
The Morris Museum Biennial, Morristown, New Jersey
Chicago Art Fair, with Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
The University of Texas Art Gallery – Texas Artists, Dallas, TX
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
The Long View Museum, Longview, TX
Fun and Brains, The Kraine Club, New York
1987

“University of Texas – ‘Texas Artists,’” San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
“Fun and Brains,” Kraine Club Gallery, New York, NY
1986

“Indigestion,” PPOW Gallery, New York, NY
“Words,” Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL
“The Society of Four Arts,” Palm Beach, FL
“The Dog Days of August,” Littlejohn/Smith Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Fred Boyle
“New Jersey Biennial Show,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, curated by Grace Glueck
Chicago Art Fair, with Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
‘Words’ Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL
1985

“Ten Painters in Texas: Survey of Contemporary Painting,” University of Texas – El Paso, El Paso, TX
The Meadows Museum Of Arts, Dallas, TX
1983

“Recent Trends in American Art,” The Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL
“Modern Masters/Contemporary Works on Paper,” Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
“The Painted Object Painted,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Art and the Law,” Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, curated by Harry Parker
“National Drawing Competition,” Yale University, New Haven, CT, juried by Bernard Chaaet
1982

Wunsch Art Center, juried by Patterson Sims
“Arkansas Art Center/26th Annual Painting Competition,” Little Rock, AR
About Face, Laura Carpenter Gallery, Dallas, TX
1981

Museum of Fine Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
1979

In Context, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Gallery, Geneva, NY

AWARDS

2002
Winner – The Benjamin Altman Prize in Painting
1999

Winner – The Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant
1996

Continental Airlines VIP Gallery Show
1995

New Foundation of the Arts Award
1984

Jane Livingston (Corcoran Gallery/Curator, Contemporary painting and sculpture), selected award for the Assistance League of Houston
1981

Hilton Kramer, Juror, selection of Purchase Prize, The Art Center 25th Annual Painting & Sculpture Competition
1975

Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Painting, Boston University, assistant to Philip Guston

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Arkansas Art Center
Arkansas Museum of Contemporary Art
Arthur and Joanna Koeppel, New York
AT&T Corporation
Aurobora Press, San Francisco
Bashaar al Shroodi, Dubai
Blount Corporation
Boston University Art Museum
Candace Bushnell, New York
Continental Airlines
Danny Wolgroth, Zurich
David Alan Greer, Los Angeles
Dick Cavett, New York
Faegre & Benson, Iowa
Florence de Dampierre, New York
Galerie ProArta, Zurich, Switzerland
Garner Tullis, New York & Tuscany
Gary Sargent, Connecticut
Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts, Houston
Herbert Palmer, Los Angeles
Houston Memorial Hospital & Medical Center
Hyatt Corporation
Jeffrey Hoffeld & Co., New York
Jenny and Chris Kennedy, New York
Jersey City Museum
John McEnroe, New York
John Rubenstein & Associates, Architects
Kathryn McCarver Root, New York
Kimball Museum, Chairperson, Private Collection
Krista Krieger Hemingway and Dr. C. Krieger, New York
Lars Malmberg, Zurich
Luke Honey, London
M and R Maddalena, Connecticut
Marian Boesky, New York
Mason Klein, New York
Maxwell Davidson, New York
McDonald’s Corporation
Meredith Long & Co., Houston
Microsoft Corporation
Montclair Art Museum
Morris Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Newark Museum
Nicole Miller, New York
Noyes Museum
Philip Gorrivan, New York
Prudential Insurance Company of America
Robert Lamb, Los Angeles
Rutgers University
Ruth O’Hara, New York
Sabine Tress, Berlin
Sandler/Hudson, Atlanta
Steven’s Corporation
The Abrusezze Collection, New  York
The Gisep Biert Collection, Zurich
The Gonzalo Alvar Collection, Madrid
The Newark Public Library
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The N. Horiuchi Collection, Tokyo
The Nordstrom Corporation
Tim Culbert, New York
Tim Jefferies, London
Tobey Clarke, London
Touche/Ross, Inc.
Transco, Inc.
United Bank of Houston
Visko Hatfield, New York
Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W., New York
Yoshii Foundation, Tokyo
Zimmerli Museum

COLLABORATIONS

2004
Flatbed Press, Austin, TX
2002
Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
2001
Segura Press, Tempe, AZ
2000
Garner Tullis, New York
Tandem Press, University of Wisconsin
1999
Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
1998
Rutgers University Press, School of Innovative Printmaking, NJ
1997
Garner Tullis, New York

ARTICLES & REVIEWS

King, Sarah S., Art in America, July 2003
Brandenberg, Andreas, Zuger Presse, ‘Complex Paintings from Overseas’,Galerie ProArta, 2002
Taylor, Art, ‘Komarin at Lizan Tops’, East Hampton Arts, New York, 2002
Schwabsky, Barry, ‘Paintings do the Talking Without Too Many Specifics’, The New York Times, 2000
Grayson, Clive, ‘Gary Komarin at Susan Conway’, The Washington Post, 1995
Waddington, Chris, ‘Subjects Simple but Art Deceptively Sophisticated’, The New Orleans Lagniappe, 1996
Langdon, Davis, ‘French Wig in East Hampton,’ Hamptons Gazette 1998
Foxworth, Janet, ‘Gary Komarin’s The Naming of John Dreamer’, The Atlanta Journal, 1997
Reed, Vincent, ‘Komarin Explores the Painterly’ at Klarfeld Perry, Arts Magazine 1993.
Lloyd, Amy, ‘Gary Komarin Shows New Expressive Work at Sandler/Hudson,Art in America, 1994.
Loughery, John, ‘Komarin, The Master of the Elemental Image’ at Maxwell Davidson, Arts Magazine, 1991.
Watson, Edward, ‘Surrealist Loads Canvas’, The New Jersey Star Ledger 1989.
Russell, John, ‘The Dog Days of August’, The New York Times 1987.
Zimmer, William, ‘Something-But What?, The New York Times, 1985.
Zimmer, William, ‘A Rich Array…From Newburgh to Newark’. The New York Times, 1985.
Everingham, Carol, ‘A Comical View of the American Dream’, The Houston Post, 1982.
Perry, Paloma, ‘Stories in Paint’, The Atlanta Journal, 1981.
Kutner, Janet, ‘Komarin Shows Strong Work’, The Dallas Morning News, 1981.
Baker, Ralph, ‘Komarin Paintings and Works on Paper’, The Museum of Art at The Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, catalog essay 1980.
Parks, Addison, ‘Gary Komarin New Work at Maxwell Davidson’, Arts Magazine 1979.

TEACHING POSITIONS

1997
University of Iowa, Iowa City; Visiting Painter.
1995-96
Castle Hill Art Center, Truro, MA; Visiting Artist.
1981-84
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Assistant Professor.
1980-81
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Visiting Artist.
1977-78 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; Assistant Professor.

LECTURES

University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago
Savannah College of Art & Design
University of Iowa
The Brandeis Group
State University of New York at Purchase
Rice Univeristy
Southern Methodist University
Atlanta College of Art
University of Texas
University of Oregon
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Washington Studio School, Georgetown