Gavin Glakas

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Gavin Glakas

United States

Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied with at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. 

After graduation, Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist.

Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent five years studying with Danni Dawson and Robert Liberace. He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in The Washington Post, as well as American Art Collector, International Artist, The American Scholar, Art Business News, The Strand and Elan magazines, and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the country. 

Glakas’ paintings hang in the permanent collections of the US Senate, the House of Representatives, the Virginia State Capitol, Georgetown & George Washington Universities, The Society of the Four Arts Museum in Palm Beach, and The Wentworth Military Academy Museum in Missouri, as well as numerous other collections. 

He teaches painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, and is represented by Principle Gallery of Alexandria, VA, and Charleston, SC.

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