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Gary Komarin, The Master of Post-Painterly Abstraction

A Master of Post-Painterly Abstraction

A master of Post-Painterly Abstraction, Gary Komarin has been at the forefront of contemporary art with a bold and colorful style recognized by art collectors worldwide, and applauded by museum curators and art critics alike. While looking at Komarin’s paintings and his works on paper, the viewer is invited to the intimate space where a dialogue is established between painter and painting.

What is post-painterly abstraction? Post-painterly abstraction is a style that favors openness, risk taking, and clarity, as opposed to the dense painterly surfaces that are apparent in abstract expressionism. However, the definition of post painterly abstraction is limited in conveying the very wide range of activities that its artists pursue.

“My paintings proceed without preconception. I paint to find out what it is that 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, this is a good place to be. For me, the best paintings are those that paint themselves.”

Gary Komarin
New York  2015