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Friday, April 27 News

'Inventing Abstracts' revealed at Geary Gallery

"Jim Grabowski: Inventing Abstracts," featuring the abstracts and acrylic landscapes of the Connecticut painter, will open Tuesday, May 6, at the Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien.

The show runs through May 31.

Many of Grabowski's huge abstracts adorn the walls of some of Connecticut's corporations, hospitals or insurance.

A native of New Britain, Grabowski received a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1966. During that time, he said, people were getting into arts and music. He found his calling in CCSU's art department, and his life changed.

"They let me paint and encouraged my artistic expression," he said. "I was insatiable. I couldn't get enough. I'd be painting 20 hours a day. I was head over heels in love with it. The more I painted, the more I wanted to paint."

Grabowski then earned a master's degree in education in 1968. After leaving CCSU, he taught elementary school art for six years, then spent another three at the Institute of Living in Hartford. He left there in 1970, when he realized he was selling his work as quickly as he could produce it. So he pursued his true passion, which he said was "painting, painting, painting."

For the last 20 years, Grabowski has devoted himself to his art -- primarily large and colorful abstract and landscape paintings -- that he creates in his studio in Marlborough, where he lives with his wife. He has received commissions for his paintings from more than 100 national and international corporations. Grabowski's work has also been sought by nonprofit organizations such as Connecticut Public Television, the New Haven Symphony and the Hartford Graduate Center.

In each of his paintings, he seeks to reflect the values of his clients, to interpret their aspirations. Right now, his focus is painting expansive abstract canvases, filled with bold color and motion. The inspiration for his work comes from within, rather than outside influences.

"I'm always trying to invent new places to go to in my mind, and I have enough to last me the rest of my life," he said.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.