Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
New York

Gary Comoglio

  • 20130221000301-comogliogaryalteration
  • 20130221001222-comogliogaryclone
  • Oakland_at_night_saturated_12_0_30_20
  • 2008_san_francisco_b
  • 20100827202118-womanwithcallalilies2010
  • Img_3450
  • Img_3450_2
  • 20130221002518-comogliogaryalteration
  • 20130820064608-fractured_privacy_green_2013
  • 20130820203244-comogliogaryclone
  • 20140119213600-miscommunication_2013
  • 20140619194750-2008_white_winter
  • 20140619194753-2009_dusk__dyptich
  • 20140619194756-2009_san_francisco_evening_blue
  • 20140619194757-2009_warm_evening__dyptich


Huntington Beach, CA

Works in
Gary Francis Fine Art


San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 1990, BFA

Representing galleries
Gary Francis Fine Art

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


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.


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
Click here to see all exhibits for Gary Comoglio
Main-addtags-e34eec31c32d9b3d6d0f704be2c1d8be add to mylistEmail email this artistWarn16_1-74f74bcef3e4988600cddc35e070bc1e report abuseMain-help-a4a5bbe5ed1f90845e14fcde7ee9776a contact us for help

Copyright © 2006-2012 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.