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                                             "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"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Henry Miller

"Dobry is a Renaissance

man of the 21st Century!"

          - Ed Paschke

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   Kingdom Come
    by Gary Dobry




      En La Lona
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          Gary Dobry


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    Bumble-Bee Bob Novak


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    Lorenzo  Meyer    RIP

      Simon 1996

     (Chart Polski)

     Simon 2003


    Fleetwood 1996

   (Afghan Hound)  

      Stosh,  7/06

   20 lbs, 3 Mos. old

     (Chart Polski)


      Stosh,  9/06

  50 lbs, 5 Mos. old

 Stosh, 9 months old


           70 lbs

   Stosh, 1 yr. old, 90 lbs.


    Stosh - 3 yrs. old


                   Click here to go to Ed Paschke's Biography




                                                                          June 19th through July 10, 2015                      


                    'En Route a' Zamie', acrylic on canvas, 40" X 40", Gary Dobry, 2015


                                 click gallery logo for more info about 'The Boxing Exhibition' show:    

            June 1 thru July 7, 2012 :  New Work

    "Life After Henry Miller & Ed Paschke" (Mentors)


                                     942 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Il  60607


                                       'The Garden I Tend' & 'Asi te Amo' ('Brendasita!')

Gary Dobry at Packer Schopf Gallery Thru July 7, 2012: New Work with Brenda Venus (Life After Henry Miller and Ed Paschke)

       Dobry @ packergallery.com (Packer Schopf Gallery website)



  Brenda Venus

 My friend & band-mate Oliver Favry' band, Dégaine - AVANT LES NOUVELLES ELECTIONS: Click Here


'The Early Rounds' (Portrait of Mike Lee), 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas - commissioned work

                 READ PATCH ARTICLE about painting

                    READ CHICAGO TRIB ARTICLE

September 26, 2011: Dobry - Guest Artist @ N.I.U.


Northern Illinois University will host guest artist Gary Dobry whose work is currently on display @ The Jack Olson Gallery in the show "Inked". Dobry will speak on Monday, September 26, at 5:00pm. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Gary Dobry

Article on: Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art

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', @ 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.

  'Kingdom Come', 48" X 72", Gary Dobry

Click HERE to read article

Dobry included in 'The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing'

"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)

The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing

By David Scott, Roger Conover

What separates the chaos of fighting from the coherent ritual of boxing? According to author David Scott, it is a collection of aesthetic constructions, including the shape of the ring, the predictable rhythm of timed rounds, the uniformity of the boxers’ glamorous attire, and the stylization of the combatants’ posture and punches. In The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing, Scott explores the ways in which these and other aesthetic elements of the sport have evolved over time. Scott comprehensively addresses the rich dialogue between boxing and the arts, suggesting that boxing not only possesses intrinsic aesthetic qualities but also has inspired painters, graphic designers, surrealist poets, and modern writers to identify, expand, and respond to the aesthetic properties of the sport. Divided into three parts, the book moves from a consideration of the evolution and intrinsic aesthetics of boxing to the responses to the sport by cubist and futurist painters and sculptors, installation artists, poster designers, photographers, and, finally, surrealist poets and modernist writers. With distinctive illustrations and photographs in nine short chapters, Scott creates a visual as well as a textual narrative that supplements and concretely demonstrates the deep, dynamic relationship between the art of boxing and the world of art and literature.

The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing
By David Scott, Roger Conover
Contributor Roger Conover
Edition: illustrated
Published by U of Nebraska Press, 2009
ISBN 0803213867, 9780803213869

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.

edandme.jpg (51238 bytes) 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. ..."                                                                   

Henry Boxer



                  Blues Boys busted in the Quatier Latin, Paris - early 90's

     Dobry (far right) & the infamous Bumble-Bee Bob Novak slinging the Fender Strat


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