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April Gornik | ARTLAWS

Tropical Drift, 2019, Oil on linen, 75 x 100 inches, 190.5 x 254 cm

April Gornik is an American Artist  known for her dynamic and powerful landscape paintings. Gornik’s large scale luminous paintings evoke moments of transience and calm, as well as volatility and eruption.  Yet, her vivid canvases are never literal, but rather imagined and emotional spaces. While Gornik focuses on the light and colors of the landscape, her evocative use of contrasts brings a sense of aliveness and psychological drama to her work. Gornik’s fascination with light distinguishes her art, and she describes light as “the beating heart of your eyes''.

April Gornik’s work is included in major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

We spoke in depth with April about her unique creative process and artistic journey -- with her professional career beginning in New York City during the dizzying, male-dominated heights of the 1980’s art boom. A longtime resident of Sag Harbor, Long Island, we also learned about April's recent efforts to revive the local Cinema, as well as co-found The Church, a non-profit artist residency, creative center, and exhibition space."

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