You can find an article about me in Gallery&Studio magazine.
Gail Comes Artist Statement
Gail Comes grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in a house filled with jazz musicians, dancers, actors, writers and painters. Her interactions with these people stimulated Gail’s artistic curiosity, but it was the sounds of John Coltrane and the works of Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Francis Bacon that ignited her artistic passions. At the same time, Gail soaked up the sights and sounds of the city and she devoured the comics of Robert Crumb. It was this interplay that inspired her love for drawing. Gail went on to explore the tension and balance between bold colors and abstract forms in the human body and the human face, leading to an unmistakable and strong painting style. Her interest in figurative and portrait painting began early. As a teenager, Gail studied anatomy and life drawing with Gustav Rehberger at the Art Students League. In 1984, she received an award from the Society of Arts & Letters. During the award ceremony, Al Hirschfield said to her, “Welcome to the world of perpetual unemployment,” then added “But we find a way”. Gail had found her “way” and she has never looked back. The Art Student’s League, Music and Art High School, The Studio School and Pratt Institute are some of the places Gail studied. She has exhibited here in New York City as well as in Amsterdam, Holland. When asked where does she get her inspiration for the figures and heads her reply was, " I see a body or a face that grabs me and I try to grab it back!".
Solo show with The Galleries of the Manhattan Borough President • New York City • October 2015 Salon group show & solo show with Westside Arts Coalition • New York City • June 2015 & May 2014 Solo show at Le Salon d’Art • New York City • October 2013 Black Renaissance group show with Westside Arts Coalition • New York City • February 2012 Solo booth at Art Expo New York • New York City • March 2011 Solo show with Amsterdam Royal Gallery • Amsterdam, Holland • February 2009
I have been attending life drawing classes at the Art Students League since 1976. I studied with Robert Beverly Hale as well as Gustav Rehberger. I became a life member at that time. I attended Music & Art High school. I graduated from Pratt Institute. I also went to the Studio school in 1979.
I won an award for a drawing from the society of Arts and Letters in 1981.