About the Artist
A brief history
Gary Abkin was born in northern California in 1967. He studied painting at the California Institute of the Arts and then the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.
He relocated from California to Queensland in 2003 and he now resides in Ipswich.
Gary has exhibited throughout the United States and Australia. In 2004 and 2010 he was invited to exhibit in Sacramento, California at Pamela Skinner Gallery and more recently in 2022 at the A.K Bellinger Gallery. The artist has also exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Palma Rosa Art Gallery, the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize exhibition and his work was toured throughout Queensland by Flying Arts Inc. as part of the Regional Art Award exhibition.
Gary is a prolific maker working across the fields of painting, sculpture and music.
1998 BFA Painting San Francisco Art Institute
1986 Under Grad Painting- California Institute of the Arts
2022 "On The Range" A.K Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW
2019 "Australia and Australians" First Coat Studios, Toowoomba, Queensland
2018 “Days in the Hide 'beauty is not always a reliable guide to truth'”
Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery, Crows Nest, Queensland
2011 "abkin" The Swich Contemporary Art Space, Ipswich, Queensland
2010 "Inside the Switch" The Cactus Espresso Bar, Ipswich, Queensland
2009 'Meat Inside" The Carthew Gallery, New Farm, Queensland
2003 "Chronic Pamela Skinner Gallery, Sacramento, California
2002 "Under" Sinful Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
2001 *Art and Environment Peckock Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
2000 "Confessions of the Physical" Allied Arts, Bellingham, Washington
2000 "Pretty" 706 Gallery, San Jose, California
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