Gary Godbee

Gary Godbee received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Boston University in 1974, and studied graduate painting at Brooklyn College and Montclair State University. Well known as an instructor, he has taught drawing at the Art Students League, landscape and portrait painting workshops in Sante Fe for the Academy of Realist Art, and currently teaches painting courses at the Montclair Art Museum School/ Yard School of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster.

Gary is best known for his realist landscape paintings. His work has been shown throughout the United States and can be found in collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, the Studio 7 Art Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ, the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC, and the Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickenson University.

He participated in the show ACOPAL: Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism at the Beijing World Art Museum that subsequently traveled through major art centers in various cities in China in 2012 – 2013. This exhibition was also shown at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, and at the National Arts Club in NYC.

In 2000, he completed two twenty-foot wide murals commissioned through the NJ State Council on the Arts that are now permanently installed in the Department of Labor Building in Trenton.


NJCRR Ferry Terminal
Gary Godbee
oil on linen
40 x 60 in.


This painting is a view of the NJCRR Ferry Terminal located at the tip of Liberty State Park as seen from the deck of a departing ferry bound for Ellis Island. It was my first and (so far) only trip to visit Ellis Island, but I found the view of the receding Ferry Terminal with its lattice of slips and pilings in the late morning light to be extremely compelling. The architecture of the building with its large clock tower and steeple brought images of a different space and time when this old railroad building was, for so many immigrants, the gateway to the entire rest of the continental United States.

Gary Godbee appears courtesy of Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery.

To see more of his work during Art Fair 14C, please visit Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Exhibition Room 846.