Hand printed with archival pigmented inks.
Art is signed, titled, and dated
9" x 12" Prints are $100 Unless Marked Otherwise
Or call Joel at 510-912-6674
John Gnagy taught me to draw when I was 8. I followed his TV show, Learn to Draw studiously for years, and I treasured the pastels, pencils and crayons in his drawing kit that my parents bought for me. A few years later, at a bungalow colony in the Catskills, I studied painting with Polish artist Leo Cizes and later, at New York’s Art Students League. In the 1960s, I became interested in photography, but even before I bought my first camera, I built a darkroom. My art has always beenmore about crafting pictures than about taking pictures.
In 1968, my wife Betty and I founded Exposure Gallery on New York’s lower East side. During the 1960’s, I exhibited my work there and at other East Coast galleries. You can find examples of my work from the 1960s here.
In 1970 we moved from Manhattan to Berkeley California where I was dazzled by the amazing flora of Northern California. Rather than go back to job as a high school teacher, we began crafting Oshibana, pictures made with pressed flowers. My aunt Hilda learned how to do this in an adult art program. She taught Betty the techniques, and Betty taught me. In the 1970’s, our Wilderness Cards were sold at the UC Berkeley Art Museum as well as scores of galleries throughout coastal California.
In 1985, while working for computer book publisher Osborne-McGraw Hill, I witnessed a revolutionary new program called Photoshop demonstrated on an early Apple computer. The demo blew my mind and profoundly influenced my work. Today my work includes both photography as well as digital art.
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