The Caretaker’s Cottage
Size without frame: 72x60 in
Born New York in 1951, Komarin studied with the seminal New York School painter Philip Guston at Boston University. Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting, the NY Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting, the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in Painting etc, he has held professorships at a host of universities. A master of Post-Painterly Abstraction, Gary Komarin has been at the forefront of contemporary art with a bold and colourful style recognized by art collectors worldwide, and applauded by museum curators and art critics alike.
Post-painterly abstraction is a style that favours openness, risk taking, and clarity, as opposed to the dense painterly surfaces that are apparent in abstract expressionism. Komarin’s style offers a freshness of approach that taps in the present zeitgeist. “My paintings proceed without preconception. I paint to find out what it is I am going to paint. I think of myself as a stagehand who sets up the conditions necessary for drama to unfold. The very best paintings are most often those that fail the most. Once a painting has achieved a life of its own, when it speaks back to you as a painter, that is a good place to be. For me, the best paintings are those that paint themselves.” [Gary Komarin]