Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Rare Digital Art by Laurence Gartel 'Nude' Series, Circa 1979 – 1982

'Art Class Model'. 3 x 4.75 inches, 1980. Signed in pencil.

Rare Digital Art by Laurence Gartel
'Nude' Series, Circa 1979 – 1982

Laurence Gartel is a living legend. Hailed as the first graphic artist of the digital age, Laurence Gartel stands at the top of his artistic niche as the acknowledged “Father of Digital Art”. A born and bred New Yorker, he perfected his iconoclastic style with the likes of Andy Warhol, whom he introduced to computer artistry even before Mac and the PC came on the scene. Like Warhol, Gartel blurred the line and created a bridge between fine art and graphic artistry.
'Lovers Lane', 3.5 x 4.75 inches, 1982. Signed in pencil.

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 who wrote 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.
'Untitled Nude', 3.5 x 4.75 inches, 1982. Signed in pencil.

'The Father of Digital Art', Laurence Gartel has created works of art for The Coca-Cola Company, the National Basketball Association, Absolut Vodka, and he was the official artist of the 57th Grammy Awards, and was also featured in Apple’s famous “Think Different” ad just to name a few. Gartel stands at the top of his artistic niche as the acknowledged “Father of Digital Art”. He created his first piece of digital art in 1975 at Media Study Buffalo in upstate New York and also created the first digital ad for Absolut Vodka. Gartel has exhibited at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, a museum retrospective at the Norton Museum of Art in 1991, and his work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern History at the Smithsonian, he has held numerous exhibitions and shows within South Florida, the United States and Europe over the course of his career. Laurence Gartel has written and published many books, he’s been featured in countless art history books and was also Andy Warhol’s computer arts teacher. He has worked with famous faces like Debbie Harry, the Sex Pistols, and more recently, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Gartel also produces stunning art cars such as his recent Saratoga-themed Maserati which marked his 58th such creation, others include a Ferrari Scuderia 430, and a Tesla Roadster among many fine or classic vehicles that Gartel has designed, each iconic paint job tells a story.
'Debbie', 2.75 x 4.5 inches, 1979. Signed in pencil.

Gartel's Nude series are rare, limited works created in the early days of his career between 1979 - 1982. These little gems are matted and signed, each piece holds a story. They are available for sale exclusively through the artist's personal collection. For pricing and shipping information, contact Laurence Gartel via email: Gartel@aol.com

Read our Feature Editorial: http://www.themiamiartscene.com/laurence-gartel-the-father-of-digital-art-has-boldly-gone-where-no-artist-went-before/

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