"Most of the young men of talent whom I have met in this country give one the impression of being somewhat demented.
They roam about in our midst like anonymous messengers from another planet"
"Dobry is a Renaissance
man of the 21st Century!"
- Ed Paschke
En La Lona
Dobry's work on
Lorenzo Meyer RIP
20 lbs, 3 Mos. old
50 lbs, 5 Mos. old
Stosh, 9 months old
Stosh, 1 yr. old, 90 lbs.
Stosh - 3 yrs. old
NEW EXHIBITION DATES & MORE TBA SOON!
'WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD'
'For Whom the Bell Tolls', acrylic & collage (boxing posters) on linen, 40" X 30, 2014 (work-in-progress)
'Golden Boy', acrylic & collage (boxing posters) on canvas, 2014, 30" X 40"
Asi Te Amo', (Brendasita), 32" x 22", acrylic on canvas, 2013, 3-4/2013 (detail)
PR - October 29, 2012 : Gary Dobry and Brenda Venus' New Work: Tipping the Scales
June 1 thru July 7, 2012 : New Work
942 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Il 60607
'The Garden I Tend', 32" X 40", acrylic on canvas, 1-2/2012
Signed copies of Brenda's new novella, "Twelve Hours" available here
'Twelve Hours' on Kindle available here
The DVD of Brenda's new film, 'Love & Sex in L.A.' available here
'The Early Rounds' (Portrait of Mike Lee), 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas - commissioned work
READ PATCH ARTICLE about painting
September 26, 2011: Dobry - Guest Artist @ N.I.U.
8/29/11 - Jack Olson Gallery @ Northern Illinois University
Glen Davies * Gary Dobry * Maren Erwin * Michael Ferris Jr. * Mitch O'Connell
Curated by Agnes Ma and Peter Van Ael - Reception: September 22, 4:30-6:00
Boxing Coach to Lecture at NIU on the Art of Tattoos
September 13, 2011 - Patch Article
Gary Dobry, owner of the School of Hard Knocks, will talk about boxing, his paintings and tattoos at an art gallery in DeKalb.
Gary Dobry, right-arm tattoo, 'Angelique', @ Pug's Boxing Club
There are two Gary Dobrys: the boxing coach and the artist.
When he’s teaching a boxing class — with the “ding” of the automatic round counter sounding and people shadowboxing in front of mirrors at The School of Hard Knocks in Crystal Lake — Dobry speaks crudely, hollering at his pupils, telling them to keep their hands up and to throw more jabs.
But he is soft-spoken and careful when talking about art. And his take on tattoos as art may make you dizzy, like a stroll down Queer Street, a term in boxing that connotes an out-of-body experience caused by a Sunday punch.
“A tattoo is literally you wearing your heart on your sleeve,” Dobry said. “It’s like when scientists beam messages into outer space, hoping for a response, for just a trace of humanity. A tattoo is a visual message, meant to elicit a response.
“From the time cavemen first painted images on the wall, it’s always been about one’s need to get some sort of response.”
During a lecture at Northern Illinois University later this month, Dobry will specifically focus on the kinds of tattoos found on boxers. Dobry said a boxer is likely to get a tattoo after a big ring loss, after he gets clobbered. Look at Mike Tyson, he said.
Gary Dobry, left-arm tattoo, "El Diablo', Sept. 11, 2011 @ Pug's Boxing Club
Dobry has two tattoos, one on each of the beefy upper portions of his arms. They are renderings of boxers striking the classic pose: one the devil, with horns, a pointy tail and on fire, and the other an angel, with a halo.
Ask Dobry to explain his own tattoos, and he is vague and evasive, in an artistic way. He wants you to figure it out for yourself, for he believes there is a relationship between the viewer and the artwork totally apart from the artist.
Dobry, a few years ago, worked as a part-time tattoo artist, as an apprentice under Ernie Gonzales at Fox Lake’s Electric Art Tattoo.
“I was never as good with a tattoo machine as I am with a paint brush,” Dobry said. “Ernie taught me a lot. I wanted to grow as an artist. Ernie gave me that chance.”
Dobry v. National Golden Glove semi-finalist, Ruperto Chavez
Last year a show focusing on tattoos was well received at NIU so the university decided to have another, said Peter Van Ael, coordinator for the art gallery and museum studies program at NIU.
“Gary does it very well,” said Van Ael, commenting on why Dobry was one of a handful of artists asked to the show. The exhibit is called “Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art,” which runs through Oct. 13, according to NIU Today.
A reception for artists is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Northern Illinois University’s Jack Olson Gallery, at the School of Art, 200 Visual Arts Building, DeKalb.
Dobry will be lecturing from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26.
'L'il Devil', 40" X 30", acrylic on canvas, Gary Dobry
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Dobry included in
'The Art and Aesth
"This more recent tradition, in which the realist and the caricatural meet, was continued, as we see in chapter 5, in the work of George Bellows and is also visible in other artists of the late nineteenth and early twentith century period, for example, the early watercolors and pen and ink sketches of Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957). It is also continued to the present day in the work of contemporary artists such as Sergei Chepik (b. 1953) and the ex-boxer Gary Dobry." (page 149)
Art and Aesth
The Art and Aesth
R.I.P Chicago Slim!
Chicago Slim, Noel Shiff, passed away. One of the premiere blues harp players of all time. Even though I'm pretty sure Slim was technically blind, he was also a well-known Chicago Boxing judge. Not really sure if being blind is a restriction for being a boxing judge in Chicago though ;0)
click pics to see video performances of the old Chicago Slim Blues Band Circa 1980's, Bumble Bee on guitar, Tommy Mitz on bass, Cadillac Sammy on the drums and Slim blowing harp and playing slide guitar
I have some great memories of Slim. When I was a teen we opened-up for Muddy Waters in Carbondale, Illinois @ Southern Illinois University. Me, Bumble Bee, Slim & Cadillac Sammy Burton drove down there together in an old van I had. Sammy's bass drum served as a poker table and we played cards the entire route, from Chicago to Carbondale. All face cards wild. Hustlers - every one of 'em. I even borrowed some money from Bee to stay in the game. When I got paid for the gig, I had to give it all right back. He felt sorry for me though and bought me dinner. Not Slim. In fact after that free meal, when the boys asked Slim if he had a "tip", Slim said, "Yeah, tell the Chef to dip his hands in hot oil". Slims' the same cat who wrote the tender love song, "Love Me Or I'll Kill 'Ya". In fact, the only cat I ever saw get one-up on Slim, besides the Bee, was Muddy himself. Slim asked Muddy, who was in his 80's at the time, "Hey Muddy, why'd you marry an 18 year old?" Muddy, serious as a heart attack replied, "Cause I couldn't find me no 16 year old." ;0)
10 count & 12 bars, my friend.
Gary Dobry is now writing for Chicago Fighting Arts Magazine and Chicago Fighting Arts OnLine. You can read his latest piece by clicking here
Ed Paschke 1939 - 2004
Ed Paschke died on Thanksgiving eve, in his sleep. Ed has been a friend of mine my entire teen & adult life. In fact, it was Ed's letter of recommendation that got me into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There is so much folks already know about Ed. Ed was a famous, influential and important American artist. But I have memories of Ed that are mine, and mine alone. Ed spent a lot of time at the Green Mill Lounge on Broadway, next to the Uptown Theatre. He ran the art dept. at Northwestern University and after work he'd head north up Sheridan Ave. to Broadway and stop in The Green Mill for a tall cool one. I trained at the old Northside Boxing Gym right above the lounge. Ed would come upstairs and we'd talk boxing. He loved boxing. He knew boxing. I loved painting. We'd talk painting. He knew painting. We'd talk art and painting. And freaks. We both loved sideshow freaks. One Christmas, while I was still in Medicine, I sent him a pair of SiameseTwin fetuses I had planned to dissect. Ed collected duck decoys. His father crafted them. One of the biggest honors Ed ever bestowed upon me was finding a place for the twins (in a glass jar of formalin) on the same mantle with his old man's duck decoys.
Me & Ed, Judy Saslow Gallery, 1999
I was introduced to Ed by one of his SAIC classmates, "Bumble-Bee" Bob Novak. They studied together under Isabelle MacKinnon at the Art Institute of Chicago. MacKinnon was a student of Hans Hoffman. Every day I thank the Art gods that I was blessed enough to collide into Paschke & Novak in the same artistic universe.
I first exhibited with Paschke in 1992 at Tony Fitzpatrick's ALL ELVIS ART SHOW at the World Tattoo Gallery in the south loop. (Curiously enough, one of Tony's employees at the gallery was writer Zak Mucha who interviewed me years later for for a feature in Gallery magazine). The last time we were brought together publicly was at a 9/11 Panel Discussion & exhibition at the old Jett Sett Gallery in Wrigleyville. I devoted a chapter to Paschke in my second novel, In Good Faith.
Ed was a powerhouse. 65 is way to young to die. Ed always radiated youth and energy to me. It's hard to give in to the idea Ed Paschke died in his sleep of a heart attack??? I exhibited with Ed's wife Nancy at the Judy Saslow Gallery in Chicago for years. How many knew Nancy had Parkinson's and Ed was hopelessly devoted to her care? Ed was the epitome of strength and energy. Ed should've gone out swinging in the last round of a championship fight. That's the Paschke I know. The most important thing Ed ever told me was, "TAKE RISKS" . I never miss an opportunity to take one.
Rest in peace, Ed
Gary Dobry, 11/30/04
"...Gary Dobry is an American ex boxer, now turned author and visionary artist. He has used his experiences in the ring to produce allegorical, hauntingly beautiful iconographic images. He works mainly in acrylic on canvas, and occasionally collage. His book 'Kingdom Come' has recently been published in paperback, to much critical acclaim. ..."
Blues Boys busted in the Quatier Latin, Paris - early 90's
Dobry (far right) & the infamous Bumble-Bee Bob Novak slinging the Fender Strat