Rich Gombar

Forever Winter
(16″x16″; oil on cradled panel; 2017)

Rich Gombar
White River Junction, Vermont


I am an American painter of my environment. I paint to capture the beauty of nature, to hold forever a passing moment, to evoke a sense of wonder, capture what can be emotionally moving, ethereal, or have a profound impact on the viewer. It is a search for truth without sentimentality. My work is of nature, but also about painting, color , structure, gesture and the presence of the hand in the work. I try to make the immense intimate.


Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, studied there with Frank Covino, I left to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, got a BFA in Fine Arts. I lived 32 years in New York City working a variety of jobs in construction and galleries, teaching at Hofstra University, building exhibits at The Museum of the American Indian and 10 years at the Guggenheim Museum as their Construction Manager for Exhibitions, at the Frank Lloyd Wright building at 1071 Fifth Avenue, Guggenheim Soho and Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain. I moved to Vermont when I realized I needed more open spaces and less congestion. I continue to work in my home studio painting and drawing gestural, perceptual landscapes in oil, pastel and gouache and charcoal. I exhibit at many New England venues, including Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury: The Geary Gallery in Darien, Connecticut; and Off Main Gallery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. I have also been in many group shows and solo shows through 40 years of working. I have work in many private and corporate collections.


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Tired of Rain
(12″x12″; oil on cradled panel; 2017)

Summer Polonaise
(12″x12″; oil on cradled panel; 2017)

Moving Towards Silence
(12″x12″; oil on cradled panel; 2017)

Pushing Summer
(12″x12″; oil on cradled panel; 2017)