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Simon Gaon

Born in 1943 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Simon Gaon (born in New York 1943) is an American painter, expressionist and action painter. He is best known for his intense, tempestuous, action oriented paintings of the cityscape. He was also a co-founder of the Street Painters, a group of eight New York artists who painted directly from the city life they observed on the streets of America's largest city.
Simon Gaon is most famous for his Time square series (1998) displaying the chaos and confusion of city. His depictions of the locale have been called dizzying, disorienting, and even mind-boggling. His works manifest the vitality, wildness, drivenness, and hysterical quality of the urban setting, ever expanding to the point of explosion. Gaon's chaotic Time Square helps him, as an artist, to express the contradictory life forces that live within him. Simon Gaon also focuses on those who live in the urban periphery, the street people, immigrants and prostitutes. His paintings go beyond the immediate perception of these subjects, to uncover the inherent contradictions both in his subjects psyche and social position, and in his own consciousness. His subjects display a noble and prophetic character, as if spiritually from a bygone era yet awkwardly entrenched in a harsh contemporary reality.

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EXHIBITIONS

Museums and collections
• Museum of the City of New York, New York
• New York Historical Society, New York
• Yeshiva University Museum, New York
• Hudson River Museum, New York
• Art Students League, New York
• White and Case, New York
• West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, Arizona
• France Loisirs, Paris, France
• Millennium Hotel, New York
• Carrot Capital, LLC, New York
• Queen's College Museum

Exhibitions
2015
. BEGRAMOFF Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
2008
• Gallerie OPEN, Berlin, Germany
• Gallerie Rose, Hamburg, Germany
2007
• Berlin Capital Club, Berlin Germany
2006
• Famira Gallery, Sylt Germany
• Nabi Gallery
2005
• Dankert, Box, Meier, Rechtsanwalte (Law Offices) Berlin, Germany
• Peter Findlay Gallery, New York,
• NYTon Warndorff Gallery, Haarlem, The Netherlands
• Nabi Gallery, New York, NY
• Gallery Rose, Hamburg, Germany
• Famira Gallery, Sylt Germany
2004
• Jan Famira Gallery, Sylt, Germany
West Vallery Art
2003
• West Valley Museum, Surprise, Arizona
2002
• Ludvika Konsthall, Ludvika, Sweden
1999
• Galleri Rubens, Smedjebacken, Sweden
• Realismus Galerie, Kasel, Germany
• Galerie Rose, Hamburg, Germany
1997
• Galerie Peter Fischinger, Stuttgart, Germany
1995
• Galerie Peter Fischinger, Stuttgart, German
• Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1992
• Frank Bustamante Gallery, New York, NY
1991
• Galerie Le Chainon Manquant, Paris, France
• Loisits Corporate Offices, Paris, France
1990
• Galerie Peter Fischinger, Stuttgart, Germany
• Galerie Rose, Hamburg, Germany
1989
• The Exhibition Space, New York (sponsored by Ingber Gallery)
1988
• Inngber Gallery, New York, NY
1986
• Nicolas Roerich Museum, New York, NY
1974
• Galerie des Ambassadeurs, Paris, France
1968
• Art Students League, New York City

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