|“Self Portrait of the Artist” (c) Laurence Gartel 2017|
Gartel’s trailblazing in digital art was unthinkable when he started his career in 1975. He was working at the University at Buffalo, Media Study Department on analog system computers when he met video guru Nam June Paik.
Nam June Paik went on to write the Introduction to what is thought to be the first book on digital art: “Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance” published by Gibbs Smith in 1989. The same year, Gartel created the first cover of Forbes Magazine and held an exhibition of works titled, “Nuvo Japonica” made on a Commodore Amiga Computer that replaced Van Gogh’s “Irises” at the Joan Whitney Payson Gallery in Portland, Maine.
|Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, 1995. Cibachrome Print, 40″ x 30″|
Gartel’s vision was to create electronic images by capturing them with a still camera off a monitor, as there were no saving devices or software to store the created picture. In 1985, he delivered the keynote speech at the First Pan Pacific Computer Conference in Melbourne, Australia predicting the future of the world, which landed him on the front page of The Australian Newspaper. This was the same year he taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer to create the album cover for Debbie Harry (Blondie). It was a moment when “Pop Art met Digital Art”.
|Warp, 1996. Ink-Jet Print, 11″ x 8 1/2″|
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|Clown Cuzin, 2000. An ink jet print, this collage was made in Painter and Photoshop running on an IntelliStation. It was exhibited at the Edison College Gallery of Art.|
His work has also graced the pages and covers of many well-known magazines such as Forbes, ART-IN-AMERICA, Artforum, Sotheby’s, Art and Auction, Art and Antiques, ArtByte, Scientific American, and NY Magazine.
|Double Disguise, 1989. This R Type print selection was created on a Commodore Amiga, first exhibited at the Joan Whitney Payson Museum of Art in Portland, Maine|
The artist’s 40-year career has touched all points of the globe: from creating a Bollywood-style video and music multimedia work commissioned by Universal Studios; to delivering the keynote speech at the Fotographica Congress in Orvieto, Italy to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Globus Family Trust; official artist of the 57th Grammy Awards; artist of the Newport Jazz Festival; NASA MMS Launch at Kennedy Space Center; official artist of the Monaco International Film Festival, to being the feature of the Oslo Motor Show in Norway.
|Coney Island Baby, 1999. Giclee print, 13″ x 9″|
These days, Gartel, who now calls Miami home, has shifted gears taking his art to a whole new frontier – car art. His commissioned creations include a Tesla Electric Art Roadster, a Ferrari Scuderia 430, a 1984 Rolls Royce Spirit, a 1957 Lincoln Premier Convertible, a 1959 Fleetwood Cadillac Limousine, and a 1963 Chevy Pickup among other fine or classic vehicles. Each iconic paint job tells a story.
|Gartel’s recent installation “Welcome To Miami” at Virgin MiamiCentral|
For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, exhibitions and project inquiries, to commission an art piece or an art car, please visit https://gartelmuseum.weebly.com/