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Laurence Gartel


Laurence Gartel is considered the father of the Paintbox Era (circa 1986), because he actually started this technique 10 years prior to any software being written for painting and photo-manipulation. He used digital synthesizers, TVs and then output photographically as a dyesub & Polaroid prints.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale. His biography for his pioneering efforts is included in "Who's Who," "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in American Art," and "Who's Who in the World."

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, went to School of Visual Arts, with fellow art student, graffiti artist Keith Haring, where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics, and started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York.

Gartel had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry (Blondie) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics). Gartel has also created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Gartel has traveled the world exhibiting and projecting his work in Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy, as well as going to India, creating a Bollywood Music/Video for Universal Entertainment. He has been commissioned to produce artwork on Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as for corporations such as Coca Cola, Philip Morris, Walt Disney, National Basketball Association, Gibson Guitars, Bang & Olufsen, and known to most for his ABSOLUT GARTEL ad for Absolut Vodka. GARTEL delivered the keynote speech at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in San Diego, Spring 2014 and received the Globus Award in Japan 2014. (His third Lifetime Achievement Award.) GARTEL is the Official Artist of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Los Angeles 2015. Most recently he was the Artist of the NASA MMS Mission, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, March 12, 2015. His concentration the last several years has been focused on Art Cars, the first commission being the TESLA Electric Art Roadster during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010. He was the “FEATURE” of the 113th New York International Auto Show with his own 30,000 square foot Pavilion in 2013. Mercedes Benz commissioned GARTEL to create a very special Art Car to celebrate their “13th Million Friend on Facebook. GARTEL unveiled a $200,000 Renntech Mercedes SL65 V-12 Art Car at Fisher Island Club during Art Basel Miami, December 2014, now an Award Winner “Best of Class” at Amelia Island 2015. This year he created the first State Art Car at the Capital Building in Concord with the New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. He recently completed a commissioned Dodge.Viper during Street Art Fair in Los Angeles.

Mr. Gartel will close out the year being honored at the Monaco International Film Festival.


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