Gary Fenske Biography

gafhawaiiGary Fenske is internationally accepted as the
contemporary founder of the art movement known as the luminous invisible arts.

“Invisible Art” is a complex blending of multiple images, as seen in different lighting, that together form a single work of art that appears to glow from within. By natural lighting, a beautiful,traditional painting or pr
int is what you see. When that same composition is viewed by black light, additional images and details that had previously been “invisible” suddenly appear with crispness, clarity, with a glow that appears to be internally illuminated.insidenvroom

His first experience with luminous art came in 1958 at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Disheartened, through the years, he watched as some usedand abused the media and then witnessed the near extinction of it as a fine art.  So, it became his sole quest to preserve fluorescing luminous art and to reveal its great contribution to society. His personal contribution perfected the art by inventing new pigments with archival qualities suitable for fine art, invented and revamped the serigraphy process so luminous art could be printed, and develop completely new techniques for applying the media. The book “The Secret World of Invisible Art” chronicles his life and challenges. The book beautifully illustrates his legacy and records the many ways fluorescing art has influenced art history and how Mr. Fenske finally perfected luminous art. In an era where new art forms are rare, Mr. Fenske has been placed alongside the great masters of art as an innovator and artist who was ahead of his time.

Mr. Fenske’s international appeal started in the 1980’s when heintroduced the invisible arts through Galleries in Hawaii. Then, in the 1990’s, a gallery dedicated to “Night Visions”, a trademark for his luminous art, opened in Nagoya, Japan. Soon after, a second opened in the Tokyo Ginza district and continues to this day.

Through the years, his work has traveled throughout the world, having art exhibitions in Monaco, Australia, the United States, throughout Japan and recently made a tour through major cities of China. He is noted as the first American artist to exhibit his work at the Nagoya Shogun Castle. His luminous art has graced walls of the estate of a prince in Saudi Arabia and shown in the Parliament Building for the Speaker of the House in Victoria, Canada. They were among the treasured pieces collected by the former King of Pop, Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, the president of the United States.

In Japan, because of the calming effect of his work, it ibooks known as ‘Art Therapy’ and is regularly taken to hospitals to comfort the sick. In the book, ‘The Secret World of Invisible Art”, Fenske discloses the following experience: “One man, who was referred to as “voiceless”, because he had not spoken one word for over a year since the time of a trauma, was shown my work. No one knew why or how to treat his condition. When shown my “Night Visions” paintings, he was so overcome with emotion that, as it was described to me, he “wept floods of tears and felt comforted.” He cried and spoke …. “It is good to be alive!” (The Secret World of Invisible Art” pg.61)

Fenske’s revolutionary accomplishments not only gave him global recognition but also introduced the world to a new, emotionally charged, form of art. Recently, he turned his attention locally so his home town could also enjoy the fruit of his labors. Opened as new signature gallery in Troutdale, Oregon, he now has a home where his where friends who have supported him through the years can view his art.