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 George Joseph Gabin  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: modernist painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
George Gabin was born in 1931, and grew up in the Coney Island section on Brooklyn New York.  He was a fragile child, and between the ages of seven and eleven, he was bedridden for as much as a month each year because of asthma attach sans pneumonia.  Growing accustomed to solitude he began to show a talent for art, and therefore began to study art at the School of the Brooklyn Museum.

Following high school he received a scholarship to study at the Museum of Modern Art. Accepting the scholarship he was surrounded by works by Franz Kline and became attracted to the gestural* freedom, along with the attention to positive and negative space of the two dimensional canvas used by Joan Miro.

After studying at the Museum, George was a student at the Art Students League*, and began to question the gestural painting.  On a visit to the Metropolitan Museum, he discovered a work by Werner Groshans titled Horse Rider.  After meeting Groshans, who gave no classes, Gabin set on his path and began to teach himself by looking at works by Bocklin, Bougereau, Dali, Giorgione, Kensett, Vermeer and others.

Going against the drift of the art world of the 50’s and 60’s, by expressing ideas about the recognition of the value of life and human experience, he said: “Art proclaims beauty in everyday situations, if we will but look at it. And if we see it and participate in it, life will become what we envision.” 

Gabin spent some of his time teaching in 1963 to 73.  He also taught, drawing, painting and illustration at the New England School of Art, Boston, MA.   In 1970 to 1998, he was a Professor Emeritus, at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, and in 1989 to 1992,  he taught, landscape painting in La Scoula del Vedere, Trieste, Italy.

Gabin currently spends the summer months in Somerville Massachusetts, and the winter painting in Italy.

Exhibition venues include: Carl Siembab Gallery, Guild Boston Artists, National Academy of Design, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, American Federation of Arts National Traveling Show.

Matson Memorial  prize for portraiture, Rockport Art Association, 1964; Jane Peterson Prize for portraiture, 1965 and for landscape, 1971, Allied Artists of America

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