Gary Gagliano, born in 1972, is an American painter who attended the American Academy of Art Chicago. As soon as he graduated, he moved to New York where he set up his artist studio and became familiar with the most important figures in art, music, dance, photography, fashion and socialites of the city. He just left the Big Apple last June 2015, and moved to Bangkok, his new home, that will nourish him with creative energy, as did New York 20 years ago. Gary is familiar with Thai language, culture and Buddhism, having often traveled to Thailand, and even settled down for some time, in the late 1990’s in a small village, in the mountains, at the Thai border with Burma. During this period he used to travel with a group of Thai monks all around South-East Asia.
Gary will have his first solo exhibition in Bangkok at YenakArt Villa from the 20th of August to the 20th of September 2015. He will show around 20 of his enamel paintings of different sizes (up to 240 cm x 270 cm) and a few of his enamel customized high heels shoes.
Gary works mainly in enamels on canvas large scale paintings, from monochrome to very colorful, almost exclusively non-figurative. When looking at the paintings, the viewer is first overwhelmed by the irregular repetitions, both material and spirit. And then what strikes is the three dimensional character of the paintings: the artist literally builds his paintings, which consists of row upon row of flattened whorls demarcating oval ellipses, that he fills with ridged circles, one on top of the other. When looking from the side, we see a surface of tiny repetitive peaks, built from concentric circles of paint, similar to stupas or to an expanse of mountains. The creative process and the technical process are coming along simultaneously in layers rolling along like gears in motion. When he starts a new work, the first layers are pretty spontaneous and expressive. But then, when it moves along, from the big picture into the micro, he gets much more controlled and concentrated. Gary then constructs the pieces from above, thanks to a plank with wheels he has himself built. This invention enables him to work closely on the painting’s horizontally placed surfaced and allows him control over the curving sweep of the wrist as he makes his art.