Gary Kleiner

@Gary Kleiner, 2017

“I’m Gary Kleiner, an artist based in Suffern NY, near a place called Hopper House Gallery, the home of Edward Hopper.

I’ve rediscovered my artistic abilities while being hospitalised for several months for depression and anxiety. Whilst resident at Frawley Hall, Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern NY, and Four Winds Hospital at Katonah, NY, I did arts and crafts. My mom – also an artist – brought me drawing supplies, and I was hooked.

My mental and physical health have clouded my view of the world. I have viewed the world as generally scary, and seeing others as being different than I am. With my view of the world being dark, I interpret it through colours and abstract shapes, seen in my distorted people and moving lines. I use some symbols in my drawings such as the cross which represents faith, church (religion), penises and vaginas, representing sexuality. I include some small writing in some of my drawings. I’m just writing what’s on my mind. The crown in my images pays tribute to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who has influenced my work.

@Gary Kleiner, 2017

I am a very creative and emotional person who uses art to show others what’s going on in my life. I see art as a major part of my life. Since I was little, I was always searching for meaning to my life, as well as being extremely curious about life and death. I have been using drawing daily as a therapeutic tool to help me with my self-esteem as well as trying to earn money with my art.

My mother, an artist, who studied at The Art Students League in New York, has been a large influence to me by showing me her view of the world through her art. She shared some of her world as an artist and for this I dedicate my work to her. Other artists who I admire are, Picasso, Munch, Basquiat, Dali, Haring and Sesow (a current artist).

I work tirelessly on my art; my goal is to take my art as far as I can go, as well as teaching other people how to express themselves though their art.

I accidentally got the woodcut look by surrounding people, figures and objects with black. I studied wood cuts, I have interesting older stuff I did after I got out of the hospital. They are supposed to be all emotions, this is what I want to express.”

Gary is currently looking for opportunities to exhibit his work. Please contact us at Mental Spaghetti if you are interested.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Gary kleiner says:

    Thank you Marie at Mental Spagetti,you understand the difficulties we as artists may have had, getting into the AGRESSIVE world of art. I appreciate the great blog post and I thank you for helping artists get seen and appreciated in the art world. May your dreams and aspirations happen. God bless you and your great organization.
    Gary kleiner artist featured in blog

    1. Lovely comment, Gary, thank you.

  2. Hi Marie,

    The site looks brilliant. Just checking in to see how you and Spaghetti are making out. a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and may you have a great year. I can’t thank you enough for being the first web site to show my art. I’m now selling stuff on tee public and have done some new styles. I hope you are exhibiting because you need to focus on you and your Talents. Funny we never met but I hope to meet you and thank you in person. AGAIN best to you and Spaghetti sharing your talent to others who need to be touched by the arts.

    Your doing a great job.

    Gh kleiner.

  3. Gh kleiner says:

    This site looks great Marie, I’m currently on a French site called Artmujeur, it’s a pretty good art web site, better than the American counterparts. Marie I thank you for keeping my work up. If anyone wants to see the art I have been doing while having anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. I never though I could be doing se well as an artist until i discovered unused talents. I believe we all have talents, either art or other things, I believe we are in the service of God to make this world a better place. Love you all Gh Kleiner

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