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Gary Comoglio

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Birthplace
Huntington Beach, CA

Works in
Gary Francis Fine Art

Website

Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 1990, BFA

Representing galleries
Gary Francis Fine Art

Tags
conceptual, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, etching, linocuts, woodcuts, lithography, modernist, cubism, tonalist, printmaker, pop, realism, landscape, surrealism, modern, traditional, exhibition/performance

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Sandy Walker, A Small Works Retrospective, 1974-2014
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
Statement

Since obtaining his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Gary's main creative focus has been acrylic painting and Japanese wood block printing. His early work played on semiotics, identity, nature, the possibilities inherent in objects, and the idea that things are not necessarily what they seem or are supposed to be. In recent years, his large landscape and figurative paintings have been in the modernist and tonalist style, and his preferred printmaking technique has been whiteline printmaking in the tradition of the Provincetown artists.

Sustaining Gary’s visions is his dexterity with color to emphasize balance and variations in light. As many artists before him, his creative motivation and drive focuses on light and the interplay of light on objects, figures, landscapes to convey their texture and substance as well as evoke different moods in the viewer. As we rely most on our sense of sight, connoisseurs and uninitiated alike, respond instinctively to the luminous quality of Gary’s paintings.

 

Printmaking
Gary is accomplished in European, American, and Japanese printmaking techniques. He hand carves and hand prints all his own prints, the majority of which are one-of-a-kind. He skillfully produces black-and-white and multicolor images from artist's grade linoleum or laminated wood using:

  1. Black and white technique employed by early Renaissance and Eastern printmakers
  2. Reduction method invented by Picasso
  3. Multi-plate and multicolor techniques used by Japanese and Modern printmakers
  4. White line technique created by 20th century American printmakers mainly working in Provincetown (Cape Cod)

Early Surrealist Work
The narrative of Gary’s surrealist paintings is a complex weaving of humor, fantasy, elements of nature, and symbolism. His work explores the human condition and social themes that resonate with each viewer in a personal and profound way. He creates a world that is simultaneously familiar and recognizable, and yet alien and fantastical.

Gary employs himself as the subject in many of his paintings to investigate and communicate emotions and thoughts lying beneath his consciousness and reveal them with dramatic compositions involving sharp perspective, striking lights and shadows, geometrical planes, and voids of space.

Gary serves on the board of the prestigious California Society of Printmakers and teaches printmaking techniques throughout the Bay Area.

Recent Exhibits

Gary Comoglio participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Redefining the Multiple
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
Jun, 2014 East Bay Open Studios
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
May, 2014 Image Hungry
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
Mar, 2014 The Figure: A Bay Area Legacy
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
Feb, 2014 Unique Surfaces: A Collage
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
Jan, 2014 Urban Grit
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
 
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