• a MASTER SERIES OF WORKS BY GARY KOMARIN

    PAINTINGS | CAKES | VESSELS

     

    Neon Gallery is pleased to present this online viewing room spotlighting thirteen incredible works across the artist’s key series: Abstract Paintings, Cakes and Vessels. This carefully curated selection represents a retrospective of Komarin’s prolific career over the past 40 years, as well as including the stories and anecdotes behind his most famous and loved works. Regarded as a master of Post-Painterly Abstraction, Komarin has been at the forefront of contemporary art with a bold and colourful style recognised by art collectors, museums and art critics worldwide.

    a MASTER SERIES OF WORKS BY GARY KOMARIN, PAINTINGS | CAKES | VESSELS
  • Paintings

    The story behind Komarin's post-painterly abstraction masterpieces

     

    According to Gary Komarin, he works to get rid of intention because too many ideas work against the free flow of a painting. So instead of planning out each painting’s forms, figures and colour palette, the artist chooses instead to make markings on the canvas with charcoal or crayon to get rid of the fear of the blank canvas and to open up the painting. His non-traditional and fast-drying choice of materials – non-industrial canvas tarps, drop cloths, latex house paint, spackle and wide brushes attached to long wooden handles – allow for the paint to flow through the canvas and for unplanned visual elements to happen.

    • Gary Komarin Big Pink, Roma, 2020
      Gary Komarin
      Big Pink, Roma, 2020
    • Gary Komarin Lord Baltimore, 2019
      Gary Komarin
      Lord Baltimore, 2019
  • "Generally, I work on several pieces at once. This takes any pressure off of resolving one painting and allows for certain visual events to move back and forth between paintings. The paintings speak to me but they also speak to each other."

    • Gary Komarin The Ballad of Pia Puno, 2020
      Gary Komarin
      The Ballad of Pia Puno, 2020
    • Gary Komarin Rue Madame in Red, 2018
      Gary Komarin
      Rue Madame in Red, 2018
  • "I like to be surprised by my paintings. When I pull out a painting that I have not seen for some weeks I enjoy being surprised and excited by the colour juxtapositions, the movement of forms and the unexpected."

  • GARY KOMARIN, GOODLY DRAWN IN OCHRE & CRÈME, 2012
  • Cakes

    The story behind Komarin's beloved Cake Series

     

    Sometime in the early 90’s, Gary Komarin decided to attach several paper bags from the back and paint stacked cake like objects on the front of them. According to the artist, he didn't think much about these works at first. However, a few weeks later a very well-positioned private art dealer from New York payed a visit to his studio, and although he wasn't planning on showing these works, they were spread out on the floor. The art dealer stopped for a moment and asked Komarin to pin one or two of them to the wall. He was so enamoured by these paintings that he offered to show them at the prestigious “The Armory Show” in Manhattan. All of the Cakes were sold on the first day of the show, and the series have been a major success and one of Komarin’s most sought after works ever since.

     

    "I began doing cake paintings and drawings way before I realized I was doing them. I was drawing stacked cylindrical objects scribbled on sides of notebooks back in grade school in the late 50’s."

    • Gary Komarin Cake Painting, 2019
      Gary Komarin
      Cake Painting, 2019
    • Gary Komarin Cake Painting, 2019
      Gary Komarin
      Cake Painting, 2019
  • "I rather like the simple honesty of a paper bag. There is a great poetry to a paper bag and beauty in how it can be unfolded back to its original format after carrying various objects. They have a nice pulpiness and physicality for applying paint."

    • Gary Komarin Cake Painting, 2019
      Gary Komarin
      Cake Painting, 2019
    • Gary Komarin Cake Painting, 2019
      Gary Komarin
      Cake Painting, 2019
  • GARY KOMARIN, CAKES STACKED LIME ON CRÈME, 2020
  • Vessels

    THE STORY BEHIND THE ENIGMATIC VESSEL series

     

    Gary Komarin’s “Vessel” series emerged organically, as is the case with nearly all his works. He began his career as a still life painter, placing bottles, bowls, cups and vessels into different arrangements before painting them. Their forms have been in his repertoire since the start of his career; however, creating a single vessel in vertical format materialised in the late 80’s. As a student of history, archaeology and anthropology with a fascination for tribal groups and their traditions, Komarin is not only interested in vessels for their alluring shapes, but also for their existence as a necessary tool since the Neolithic Period. 

     

    "The vessel form is very malleable and flexible and allows for many iterations. This enabled me to play again and again with vessel formats. Some are solid, some loosely drawn and there are ever so many variations yet to be explored in terms of form, color and texture."

    • Gary Komarin Vessel, 2020
      Gary Komarin
      Vessel, 2020
    • Gary Komarin Vessel, 2020
      Gary Komarin
      Vessel, 2020
  • "All groups of early humans created various vessels to carry and transport liquids of many kinds – water, blood, wine, milk – from one location to another for practical and ritual purposes and this fascinated me."

  • GARY KOMARIN, VESSEL, 2020
  • Video

    Gary Komarin: A Painter's Path
  • Artist Profile

    Biography & CV

     

    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 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 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.

     

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