Gary Faigin | Professional Profile

Gary Faigin has been a full-time art professional for over 30 years, with notable accomplishments as a painter, educator, and art critic.

Faigin has been an exhibiting artist since 1985, most recently at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery in Seattle (1995-2007),and the Linda Hodges Gallery (2010). Faigin’s work has been featured in ten solo exhibitions, including two museum shows: Frye Art Museum (2001 w/catalog) and Coos Art Museum (2008). Most recently, Faigin was featured in a group show as a Neddy Fellowship Nominee (catalog, 2009) at the Tacoma Art Museum, as well as in the show FACES at the Tempe Center for the Arts (2010).

Gary Faigin

Faigin has also participated in over 20 group shows in Santa Fe, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, New York, as well as the Northwest including a show featuring four Northwest realist painters at the Maryhill Art Museum (1998); three national surveys of representational art (Jenkins/Johnson, 2001, 2002, 2003 w/catalog), and the Seattle Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Kangas, 2000). Faigin’s paintings and prints have been included in a number of survey and instructional books, including Contemporary American Oil Painting (Jia Difei, 2000), A Design Manual (Brainard, 2006), Classical Drawing/Painting Atelier (Aristides, 2006/2008), 100 Santa Fe Etchers (Bell, 2008), and Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Albala, 2009).

Faigin’s artwork has also been highlighted in several dozen newspaper and magazine articles, and was on the cover of American Artist (1996). Faigin was the featured artist at the Anacortes Arts Festival in 2004, with his painting appearing on both the festival poster and two wine labels. In 2006, Faigin collaborated with Live Labs at Microsoft to create a virtual, online version of his studio for the first public demonstration of the capabilities of their new software, Photosynth.


After ten years of teaching in New York, Faigin moved to Seattle in 1991. In 1989, he co-founded, with architect Pamela Belyea, the Gage Academy of Art, a school emphasizing a “back to basics” approach to art education, focused on painting, drawing, and sculpture. Gage currently serves 2,500 adult and youth students annually. Faigin conceived and helped implement the Gage Atelier program, unique to the West Coast, with 30 full-time and 12 part-time students working under the guidance of four master artists, including the students in his own Still Life Atelier. Faigin has given lectures and presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Frye Museum, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, including recording commentary for the audio guide to Inspiring Impressonism (SAM, 2008). Faigin has led annual art tours to Europe and the East Coast for Gage since 1994, guiding participants through museums in New York, Washington, Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Florence. Faigin has also served as juror for a dozen regional art competitions, the most recent being in January 2009, in Bremerton, WA.

Faigin’s 1991 book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, is a recognized classic in its field, now in its 18th printing and translated into six languages. It is the standard reference on the subject for digital animators, forensic artists, and portrait painters. Faigin has been the Art Critic for NPR station KUOW since 2000, having broadcast almost 100 reviews of museum and gallery exhibitions. His reviews are also published monthly at the arts website www.artdish.com Faigin has also written the catalog texts for several artists, most recently Lauren Grossman (2007), Craig Kosak, Jo Max Emminger (both 2008), and Painters of the Port (2009).

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