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Artist Studio: Gary Dobry

Gary Dobry
824 S. Main St.
Crystal Lake, IL  60014
Phone: 815 356 6572

Born: (Chicago, Illinois)
Died: (living)

Lived/Active: Illinois / France

Profession(s): Painter, Painter

Style(s): Contemporary

Medium(s): Acrylic, Oil, Pencil, painting & drawing

Price Information as of 11/29/2006:
price varies with size. Avg. 36" X 48" canvas approx. $4,000 -$5,500

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 Gary Dobry
'King of the World'
  Gary Dobry
Asi Te Amo

Artist Biography:
Gary studied painting & drawing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Il, USA and apprenticed as a painter under the late, great Ed Paschke and, a classmate of Paschke's (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, class of '57), "Bumble-Bee" Bob Novak.  Both Paschke & Novak studied @ SAIC under Isabelle MacKinnon, a student of Hans Hoffman. Gary earned a Diplome de Francaise from the Sorbonne, Universite' de Paris , and a tattoo apprenticeship under Electric Art Tattoos' owner, Ernie Gonzales.
Gary is/has been represented by, or/and exhibited at; the Judy A Saslow Gallery in Chicago, Il, eklektikos Gallery in Washington DC, The Henry Boxer Gallery in England, Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Galerie L'Art de Rein, Paris, France, Jack Olson Gallery @ Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, L'Art Noir Gallery in New Orleans, La., Gallery Mornea in Evanston, Il, as well as exhibiting with Ed Paschke at the World Tattoo Gallery in Chicago, Il, with Andy Warhol at the Franklin Roosevelt Hotel in LA, California, with Leon Golub at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Art in Chicago, Il & his work with Brenda Venus at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Il.,the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California and at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Il..  Gary has been featured on PBS's Artbeat twice and has been interveiwed, or written about, in numerous magazines, newspapers  and TV shows including the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Gallery Magazine, Current Affair, Danny Bonaduce Show and numerous others.
Gary owns a boxing gym in Crystal Lake, Il., USA. (
Gary has 3 novels published to much critical acclaim, Kingdom Come, In Good Faith & En La Lona.
You can contact Gary via his website;
or email him at:
SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Il
Universite' de Paris, Sorbonne, Paris France
Painting apprenticeship w/ Ed Paschke
Painting apprenticeship w/ Bumble-Bee Bob Novak
Tattoo apprenticeship w/ Ernest Gonzales, Electric Art Tattoo

2009, David Scott, Roger Conover The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing, U of Nebraska Press, 204 pages (color)
1997, George Plasketes Images of Elvis Presley in American Culture, 1977-1997: The Mystery Terrain, Haworth Press, Inc (color)

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Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
selected exhibitions
Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, 2012
Jack Olson Gallery @ Northern Illinois University, "INKED" w/ Glen Davies, Michael Ferris Jr. & Mitch O'Connell, August, 2011
ZHOU B ART CENTER, Art Matrix Gallery, Chicago, Il, 2-Man show w/ Bumble-Bee Bob Novak, 2011
ZHOU B ART CENTER, Art Matrix Gallery, Chicago, Il, Solo Exhibition (Mentors), November 2010
Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, California, June, 2010 (Selected Works from 'Mentors' w/ Brenda Venus)
Galerie L'Art de Rien, Paris, France, December, 2009 - group show
L'Art Noir, New Orleans, 2007
eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, 2001,one-man show
eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, 2000, 3-man show
Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, Il.,2002
Mars Gallery. Chicago, Il, 2003, last 2-man show w/ Bumble-Bee Bob Novak
Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, Il, 2001, 3-man show w/ Eileen Doman & John Fuller
Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, Il, 2003
Gallery Mornea, Evanston, Il, 2004
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Art, Chicago, Il., 2002, Artists for Peace 9/11 exhibition
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Art w/ Leon Golub, Chicago, Il, 2003
Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, Il., 1999, group show
World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, 1992, w/ Ed Paschke
Franklin Roosevelt Hotel, LA, Ca., 1992, group show w/ Andy Warhol & others

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
see above, full vitae available upon request

Magazine and Newspaper References:
numerous, available upon request

Dealers or Representatives:
to acquire a painting in the USA, contact Aron Packer c/o the Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, Il,
In Europe, contact Henry Boxer c/o the Henry Boxer Gallery,

Artist Statement:

you gotta paint a lot of bad paintings before you paint a good one. Listen to everyone but find your own voice. Spend as much time, if not more, living life so you have something to say in your work.  
Review of Artist's Work:
"Dobry is a Renaissance man of the 21st Century!",

Ed Paschke

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