Born: Los Angeles,
California in 1941
Education: Art Center,
Los Angeles ● Sorbonne, Paris ● University of California
Founder and President of the Grants Pass
Art Museum in Oregon.
Hawaii resident and gallery owner for 23 years.
Listed in International Who’is Who of Artists”
Exhibits and Shows
Sutton Galleries New Orleans Newbern
Merrill Chase Galleries Chicago Two Squares Gallery Denver
Tallman Galleries New York Ira Roberts Galleries Los Angeles
Pace Galleries Houston Mauna Lani Gallery Hawaii
Trebor Galleries San Francisco Brennen Gallery Palm Desert
Regency Galleries Atlanta Ackerman Galleries Hawaii
His free liquid style, varied techniques (oil washes and glazing, acrylic
underpaint and textured two and three-dimensional surfaces) and strong sense
of form and composition have won him international acclaim.
I aim to capture the brevity and essence of the subject, to stop the world
and create a moment in time. My paintings take me outdoors for spontaneous
impressions of the landscape. Studio work brings creativity and refinement.
My palette is ever changing, combining traditional and modern techniques to
bring a vision with local and international flavor.
Gary Ackerman's style might be best described as “expressionistic”,
combining impressionist and abstractionist technique with his own unique
synthesis of creative energies. A master of color, form and texture, his
work commands a national and international audience. It is common to find
him abroad studying, seeking and looking for that one moment in time that
will capture his attention and inspire greatness on canvas. However, we also
enjoy his beautiful Hawaiian paintings, his ability to capture the most
intimate and dramatic moods of the Islands leaving us with a feeling of
warmth and aloha. At home on the Big Island of Hawaii he continues to amaze
the art community. With an endless amount of energy and persistence toward
quality and perfection, it is no wonder that Gary Ackerman is one of the few
artists today that can fill an entire gallery with his own work and still
hold the viewer's interest. Gary is considered to be a leading landscape and
still-life artist on Hawaii today. His Modern Impressionistic, free liquid
style, varied techniques and textural two and three-dimensional surfaces
along with a strong sense of form have won him international acclaim. His
diversity is masterful and skilled, his colors radiantly powerful, and his
composition and form are convincing.