Gideon Bok
Recent Paintings

Feb. - March, 2006

For the past few years, artist Gideon Bok has used his various studios as the subject matter for his paintings, attempting to recreate his ever-changing environment into one seemingly static painting. Each painting is painted at the same time of day, keeping a consistency in the lighting, however the contents of the studio change as the painting develops. Bok’s paintings are like time capsules, being the products of his constantly evolving studio they document a specific place during a window of time. Bok has inhabited a number of studios in the past few years, so there are series of paintings from each of these studios. Objects in his studios that are more permanent, like the room itself and the sofas and tables, are more defined with greater detail, while the transient objects are rendered in a looser, less definitive fashion. Overall, these paintings have a “layered” quality due to the variations in the presence of some objects in relation to others.

Gideon Bok is a recent Guggenheim recipient and a professor of painting at Hampshire College. His work is represented at Plane Space Gallery in New York, NY as well as Alpha Gallery in Boston, MA.  Bok will also serve as juror for the Young Contemporaries Annual Art Exhibition.

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Gideon Bok
Recent Paintings

Education

Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, MFA, 1996
New York Studio School; Painting and Drawing, NY, 1990
Hampshire College, 1989 -1992
Studio Arts Center International; Painting Program, Florence, Italy, 1990
Portland School of Art, Portland, ME, 1987 – 1988
University of Southern Maine, 1986 – 1987

Awards

Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Fund Purchase Award, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2005
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2004
Best in Show, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, 2004
Painting Instructor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1998 – present
Painting Instructor, Yale Norfolk Program, Summer, 1998, 1997
Lithography Assistant, Yale University School of Art, 1995 – 1996
Painting Assistant, Yale Norfolk Program, Summer, 1995

 Teaching

Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2006 (upcoming)
Gideon Bok: Guardrailing, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2005
“Brooklyn Paintings,” Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME, 2003
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2003
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2001
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1999
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1997
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1996
Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME,1996
Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 1995

Solo Exhibitions

Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2006 (upcoming)
Gideon Bok: Guardrailing, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2005 
“Brooklyn Paintings,” Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME, 2003
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2003
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2001
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1999
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1997
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1996
Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME,1996
Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 1995


Group Exhibitions

Maine Printmakers: 1980-2005, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2006
Natural Selection: Landscape Print Portfolio From Center Street Studio
, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia, 2006
Academy Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY 2005
American Academy of Arts and Letteres Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY, 2005
Group Show, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Summer Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2004
Painting at Plane Space, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Biennial Juried Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2004
Group Show, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
American Academy Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, 2001
Ten Figurative Painters in New England: An Artists Choice, Curated  by William Bailey, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT, 2000 (catalogue)
Reinventing the Physical World: Seven Painters Exploring the Interplay Between Abstraction and Representation, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA, 2000
The Search Beyond Surface/Mary Armstrong, Gideon Bok, Riley Brewster, Stoney Conley, John Walker, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, 1999
Summer Group Show, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, 1999
Group Exhibition, O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 1998
Inside/Outside, Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME, October –  November, 1997
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University,  New Haven, CT, April, 1996 
Group Show, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, December, 1995
New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, June, 1995
Skep Gallery, New York, NY, 1993
Hampshire Art Gallery, BA thesis exhibition, Amherst, MA, 1992

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