Gary Godbee received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Boston University in 1974 and studied graduate painting at Brooklyn College and Montclair State University. He has taught drawing at the Art Students League, landscape and portrait painting workshops in Sante Fe for the Academy of Realist Art, and currently teaches painting courses at the Montclair Art Museum School/ Yard School of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ.
Gary is best known for his realist landscape paintings, which often include panoramic views of northern New Jersey. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Studio 7 Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ, the Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickenson University, and the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC. He most recently participated in the shows ACOPAL: Exhibition of Contemporary Realism at the The Butler Institute, Youngstown Ohio, and at the National Arts Club, NYC, group shows at Gallery Henoch in NYC, Super Real: Different Angles of Photorealism at the Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian, Texas, and The Human Form, a show of figure paintings and drawings at Studio7 Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ.
Gary’s work was recently featured in The Star Ledger Arts Escapes (click to read more) as well as the 2010 N.J. Arts Annual at the NJ State Museum in Trenton and in 2005 at the Montclair Art Museum. He received Fellowships in 2004 and 1994 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, exceptional merit awards from the City Without Walls Gallery in Newark in 2002 and 1995, and a merit award from the Portrait Institute in New York in 1996.