The Use of the Oblique in Komarin Post Painterly Abstraction:

Many collectors, writers, curators and supporters of my work have asked about the relationship between “oblque” images and the larger body of my work. I have long been intrigued by oblique images in general/ wherever i might find them and they are everywhere. I find fascination for example in the paving and repaving of a country road or city street, the way that the concrete is lighter in one section / darker in another section or smoother or rougher. The way that one section may bump into another creating a certain drama that no one is paying attention to, certainly not the sreet paver who cares little for such aesthtetic juxtapositions. The side or back of a truck that has been splattered with mud and salt and paint may come very close to the abstract paintings of italians during the ‘art povera ‘ movment in post wwII Italy, who worked with common materials like mud and sand and wood, in part because they were very inexpensive if not free, and for the pure simplicity of the materials which encouraged a poetic use of those materials. Stone steps we find in the bahamas that were put together years ago and compliled of stone and cement and fixed with more stone and cement, then exposed to the tropical rains and the hot tropical sun, take on a terriric beauty for their “patina,” their strength, their irregulariites of surface, height and width – yet still functioning as well. Finally one sees faces everyewhere that are “oblique” in trees and sides of houses, whether large or small /new or old. I have a tree...

Komarin Painting Acquired by MAMBO – Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota

Komarin Studio is proud to announce that the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, MAMBO, has acquired a work by Gary Komarin for its permanent collection. The piece is entitled A Suite of Blue Sea Lucinda, 2016. Established in 1963, the MAMBO is a preeminent museum of Contemporary Art in Colombia. The museum was designed by modern architect Rogelio Salmona. Previous exhibitions have explored the different perspectives of the modern and contemporary world. These included retrospectives by Colombian, Latin American and international masters . Komarin joins renowned artists at MAMBO including: Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Jesús Soto, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Smith, Bernard Venet, Niki de Saint Phalle, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Wilhelm de Kooning, Francis Bacon, Karel Appel, Julius Bissier, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Francisco Toledo, Joaquín Sorolla, Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and Pablo...

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome Acquires Komarin for Permanent Collection

On receiving the news that one of my paintings has been acquired by this most respected museum in Rome, was needless to say quite exciting after painting these many years since I first showed my work with Maxwell Davidson in New York in the late 70’s. This museum in Rome has acquired a painting titled: ‘In Which the Baron Fallow’ 60 x 48”, which was first shown in a catalog exhibition by invitation with Robert Motherwell in Dublin.                       For a painter it is quite important to be recognized thru one’s career by significant museums and art institutions. The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna has a collection that is widely respected worldwide and includes works by Cezanne, Monet and van Gogh – as a highly respected collection of contemporary living artists. It was certainly a thrill to receive this good news and such good news keeps a painter alive and motivated and hungry to move forward with the ongoing thrust of one’s career.  ...

New Puppies, New Life, & the Road to Creativity

  Two new teeny puppies arrived at my doorstep ready to see, smell, and touch the world for the very first time. I have been watching and tending to both Henry and Juno for several days and have begun to see curiously interesting connections between the process of painting and my new companions. Our new puppies pounce, dart, and roll around much like an abstract painter approaches the canvas. Fresh, new dogs bring life to the surface of the canvas and to the creative process itself , giving freedom to the brush and letting energy flow. My painting is very much about being fully alive, present, and staying in the moment, and I find inspiration in the way our new puppies will run around the rolling hills of Roxbury. My new terriers prance about, appreciating every moment this world has to offer. When I approach the  canvas, I immerse myself in the world of my painting. I find myself observing new forms to explore and develop, very much like these two puppies who are ever so new to the world....

Exhibition in Seoul Korea Highlights the Nature of the Human Condition

A current exhibition in Seoul Korea of Komarin paintings is intriguing indeed. Korea is a nation deeply divided. Their history has been marked by war and an enormous amount of internal conflict. They are one people divided in half. Both halves are the same. They just don’t know it. My paintings speak to all peoples of all cultures and all languages. This is indeed a good thing. Tribal hostility in the historical development of Korea is due to geography The human condition is the human condition. Differences in political, religious and cultural affiliations are to a very great extent due to Korea’s geography, with these differences playing out over time. Tribes that evolved from the same genetic base but lived across high mountain peaks and deep wide rivers grew fearful of their tribal brothers, and when coming upon them, these tribes would nearly always attack and conquer. The losing tribal chief would often be beheaded. His head would be the precursor to the soccer ball as the winning tribe would kick it around the field for good measure. The antagonism of tribes was perpetuated as they reproduced and created new affiliations. How does the exhibition in Seoul Korea fit into the basic human condition? What is of interest to me is that my work appeals to collectors of a great many countries across this little blue planet we call Earth. Why? Because the human condition is the same, always has been, always will be. Humans enjoy the satisfaction of certain appetites; the love of visual beauty exists among all peoples throughout pre-recorded and recorded time. Cultures that could not...

Journey of a Painter: The Quantum Particle and Me

A quantum particle can exist in two places at the same time and move effortlessly from one dimension to another. Or at least this is what the Physicists tell us, and why not agree? The Poet and the Physicist meet at the top of the Mountain of Awareness. They see the big picture in all things; they simply climb that mountain in different fashion, wearing different gear. For me, I would delight in being a quantum particle as I could not only move from one location on Planet Earth to another effortlessly and leave the arduousness of jet travel behind, but also as a Painter I could move from one dimension to another … I could visit locations around the world in less than a snap of the fingers; in no time at all really — because I would already essentially be there. Journey of a painter as a quantum particle A Painter like me with a fast brush and a fast mind would profit much from being a quantum particle. I would enjoy visiting other artists around the world and around the universe and why not expand the range of travel and see what they are doing on this planet and others … and then zip back to my studio to share that energy and pull it into my paintings. A painting is always in movement.  What keeps the collector interested and intrigued by a painting is this continuous energy.  Whether looking at a painting from the time of Christ, the 18th century or the current age, all paintings are in movement! Whether a painting is being viewed by...