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Jerry began painting in 1961 when he met his wife, Marjorie, in 1963 they opened Gotkin Art Studio. His first major exhibit was in 1965 at the Panoras Gallery in Manhattan and was represented by the Gallery until the early 1980’s. The Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery Libraries established the “Marjorie & Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007”. He currently works at his studio in Delray Beach, Fl.
Born in Atlantic City, Marjorie began studying art and painting in the late 1940’s, had her first one-woman show in Manhattan in 1960 and was represented by Panoras Gallery until the early 1980’s. Two portfolios containing reproductions of her paintings have a permanent place in the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery Libraries in Washington, D.C.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 6, 1936, he received his Masters Degree from Columbia and briefly studied at the Brooklyn Museum in the late 1950’s. His works range from oils, pastels, pen and ink, sumi watercolors, glossy acrylics and fine-art photography.
He met his wife, Marjorie, an established New York artist and teacher in 1961 and they moved to Cape Cod where they were married and opened an art studio.In 1963 they moved to Manhattan on the Upper West Side and established the Gotkin Art Studio. He started to exhibit his oil paintings at the Panoras Gallery in Manhattan in 1965 and he was represented by the gallery through 1980 when it closed. He was commissioned to do a series of oil paintings of the New York skyline for offices at the Sperry Rand Building in the mid-‘70’s. A decorator from the D & D Building saw an exhibit of them and commissioned him.
He has had several exhibitions of his pen & ink, pastels, oils on paper and canvas, works on tile and acrylics. In recent years he has painted a series “Musicians Gallery” which was done in sumi watercolors and gouache on Savage multi-media paper, oil on paper of approximately 60 paintings of nudes, 30 land and seascapes, a series of 100 pieces called “The Gardens of Hospice by the Sea” which are on permanent exhibit at Hollywood Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fl. and at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fl. A series of 50 paintings of Morikami Park was completed in 2006. 150 paintings and images of orchids have been completed and will be on exhibit at the Golden Anchor Gallery in Boca Raton, Fl. during February 2009 and at the gallery room located at Banker’s Trust Corporate branch on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Fl. during March 2009.
Over 600 paintings have been put in Limited Edition giclees using archival/museum quality 500 lb. Somerset paper and Arches watercolor paper, high gloss photo paper with overlam, canvas and on tile. The images are currently being converted to large murals of tile and inlaid in fine keepsake solid wood and lacquer boxes. He designed art for the Off-Broadway production of “Beautiful Dreamer” in 1969 and was an illustrator for the magazine “Leviathan”.
Jerry has published five art books: “The Gardens of Hospice by the Sea”, “The Tall Ships Watercolors/Gouache The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Still Life/Floral Watercolor/Gouache: The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Marjorie’s Table: The Material and Instruments of Art as Art, “Orchids: An Intimate Portrait of Beauty”, and Morkiami Pen and Ink Drawings.
In reviews from the Cape Cod Standard Times, Art News and other publications: “The series of oil on paper of the land and seascapes places him as a modern day Impressionist.” “His oil paintings of the City evoke the breadth of NYC in its powerful color and texture”.
In 2007 the Smithsonian Institution American Museum/Portrait Gallery Libraries, under the auspices of the Head Librarian, Cecilia Chin, established the “Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007”. The collection includes reproductions of many of their works, exhibitions, reviews, contracts and biographies and is on permanent their permanent collection. Included in the Smithsonian’s catalogue is a cross reference putting them in the category of “Artist Couples” and listed with O’Keeffe and Steiglitz, Gilbert and George and Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
He exhibited at the national headquarters of the American Orchid Society in 2009 and 2010. He is currently also represented at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Fl. where his series of orchids on tile are exhibited. His work is currently being exhibited at the Fiat Fine Art Gallery in Boca Raton, Fl. A recipient of a $5.000 grant from Bank of America in 2011, he is preparing for a large retrospective of his work at the Ventu Fine Arts Gallery in Boca Center in Boca Raton, Fl. in December, 2013.
He continues to work at his studio in Delray Beach, Fl.
Marjorie was born in Atlantic City on March 10, 1925. Her talent for the violin was discovered when she was 8 years old. At the age of 14 she had a string trio that was playing at the finest hotels in Atlantic City, a radio show, and when she was 16 she joined the Atlantic City Symphony Orchestra. In a competition of over 30,000 young musicians throughout the United States, she was chosen as Concertmaster/first violinist with Leopold Stokowski’s All-American Youth Orchestra in 1941. There is a recording of a concert from July 10, 1941. She turned down full four-year scholarships to major music universities including Marymount.
At the age of 22 she began painting. After briefly attending some classes of Hans Hofmann at his studio in the Village, she started developing her own techniques. Using underpaint and palette knives to create texture, her oil paintings ranged from large Abstract Expressionism to still life, abstract floral, nudes and paintings based on her metaphysical studies.
Having reviewed her paintings at an exhibit on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Standard Times wrote, “Her modern-type works have great strength of color and rugged individuality, are very versatile, ranging from bright autumn hues to soft pastels and delicate nudes with color backdrops.”
Art News called her oils of floral and still life, “Bright, heavily textured canvases that radiate swirls of color and emotion.” In 1989, having seen her watercolors at a Manhattan restaurant, Julia, a Garden Restaurant, the owner of The Art Connoisseur Gallery, Suzanne Borelli wrote to her asking if she would exhibit in a group show of contemporary American artists and felt that her work was uniquely representative of American Impressionism. She had several major floral watercolors in the exhibit during the summer of 1989 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. at The Art Connoisseur Gallery.
Artloop a dynamic, but short-lived website in 2000 reviewed her work and used it as representing several genres including, seascapes, ships, flowers and vases. They listed her with the great 19th and 20th Centuries impressionists. The New York Times and CNN had given Artloop great exposure as an artistic evaluator of American art.
Two portfolios now have a permanent place in the Smithsonian Institution American Art/Portrait Gallery Libraries in Washington, D.C. under the title: “Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007”. The portfolios contain many reproductions of their work, exhibits, biographies, reviews contracts, correspondence and sales.
For many years Marjorie and her husband, Jerry, supported Brooklyn Mental Health for Emotionally Disturbed Children and their artwork raised thousands of dollars through private exhibits and group shows.
Marjorie opened her Manhattan studio on a full time basis from 1977 to 1990 for children and adults who needed to present portfolios for special entrance examinations to the finest art schools and universities in NYC. A 12 year old, Julia Jacquette, a noted New York artist, worked with Marjorie for two years gaining entrance to an elite high school for art. Other students went on to exhibit throughout the country in galleries and museums. At that time Max Bugzester had his studio in back of Panoras Gallery and when he passed away in 1978, many of his students who had seen Marjorie’s work on exhibit started to attend our studio.
But it is her watercolors that are so very unique. Not adhering to any standard preparation or execution of the medium, her style expresses the subtlest to the most violent. These can be seen in the Tall Ships series which she did well over 300 paintings; ships in turmoil or serenity, vases that are mere suggestions or flowers exploding off the paper. Her technique incorporated from her oil paintings largely involved the use of the palette knife to apply the watercolors and gouache, seldom using brushwork. Two large art coffee-table books were published in 2008. “The Tall Ships Watercolor and Gouache: The Art of Marjorie Gotkin” book is 190 pages and contains 172 of her watercolor and gouache paintings of ships and seascapes. “Floral/Still Life Watercolors and Gouache: The Art of Marjorie Gotkin” is 280 pages and has 243 of her work. Both books can be ordered on line. Please look under Books for the link.
We are still discovering ownership of her work as these books are but a fraction of what she created. On July 6, 1999, Marjorie Gotkin, with loving care, made her transition at Hospice by the Sea.
For the past 30 years, Jerry has worked on oil on paper. He has created land and seascapes, portraits and nudes, still life and rooftop visions of the New York skyline. His oil on canvas used underpaint and glazes generally applied with palette knives. His pen and inks were created on Bristol plate paper using technical pens. The techniques of stippling and various cross-hatching create the light and dark bringing precise details to the work.
The series "Musicians Gallery" is a body of work done in Sumi Watercolors (not to be confused with Sumi Inks) on Savage multi-media paper rendered in a unique style capturing the essence of the musicians and their instruments. These along with the oil on paper series are now in Limited Editions reproduced by the Iris Giclée process on 500 lb. Somerset archival watercolor paper.
The series called “Marjorie’s Table” is a combination of still life and abstract works. Also in Limited Edition there are over 100 works. Its subtitle, “The Material and Instruments of Art as Art” is based on the drafting table that Marjorie used to create her watercolors and gouache paintings.
In 2006 he began a series of mixed media paintings and photographs of “The Gardens of Hospice by the Sea” in Boca Raton, Fl. This is a Limited Edition series that has been reproduced in on canvas, 500 lb. Somerset and Arches watercolor paper and glossy photo paper with overlam. Each Limited Edition work is embellished with iridescent acrylics.
The Morikami Museum and Gardens series is various landscapes are executed in a flat Eastern style with bright solid colors, printed on parchment paper also in Limited Edition. The second series is done with glossy acrylics on canvas and show deep wooded areas of the parks.