Gornik, April

Celebrated painted April Gornik delves into her work methods and the importance of maintaining a personal vision in this intimate and relaxed webinar.

“I’ve tried many time to imitate other artists whose work I admire…. But just trying to let myself do what I do—it’s not so easy for any artist—to accept that you have a certain kind of sensibility. I won’t even say style, because I think style comes from sensibility. It takes a lot to admit that and then let yourself do it, but I think that’s your best chance of becoming a real artist.“

April Gornik is a landscape painter based in New York and primarily represented by Danese/Corey gallery. Born in Cleveland in 1953, Gornik studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an undergraduate before transferring to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. At NSCAD she focused on conceptual art before discovering her love of painting. She graduated in 1976 and briefly taught painting as NSCAD and spent time traveling in Europe before eventually settling in New York. In the 1980s she became represented by Edward Thorp Gallery, where she remained until the late 1990s. Gornik began working with Danese gallery (now Danese/Corey gallery) in the early 2000s. Gornik’s extensive exhibition record includes nearly thirty-five years of solo shows at venues such as Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York; Danese, New York; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York; Harley Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado; The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto; The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto; and Galerie Springer, Berlin. Selected group exhibitions included “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; “Mixed Greens” at Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; “Drawn to Cleveland” at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; “New Old Masters” at the National Museum of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland; “The 237th Summer Exhibition, 2005” at the Royal Academy, London, England; “The Tree” at James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai; and the American Pavilion at the 1984 Venice Biennale. Selected public collections in which Gornik’s work belongs include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the United States Embassy, Beijing; the United States Embassy, Moscow; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.