STEVEN GONTARSKI – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Steven Gontarski graduated from Brown University and earned his Masters of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Based in the United Kingdom for ten years, Gontarski established a studio practice and exhibited his sculptures, drawings and paintings worldwide.  His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art (London); Kunsthalle Wien (Vienne); White Cube (London); Matthew Marks (New York) and Groninger Museum among other leading contemporary art institutions worldwide.

Gontarski’s work can be viewed in several permanent collections including the Denver Museum of Art, Saatchi Gallery (London) and the British Museum.  He has delivered lectures focusing on his art in relation to popular culture and art history at several institutions including the Royal College of Art, Cambridge University, Bryn Mawr College and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.  His large-scale, public work stands in France and the United Kingdom.

In 2007, Gontarski returned to his native US to continue his art practice and to explore other passions, particularly perfumery.  In 2010 he was asked to manage Scent Bar, the only brick-and-mortar embodiment of the luckyscent website.  Scent Bar has become a destination for perfume afficionados the world over and a meeting place / resource for members of the scent community who otherwise rely heavily on the internet for interaction.  In addition to overseeing the daily operations at one of the premier stores for independent, niche perfumes, Gontarski runs the Luckyscent Video Progam and coordinates a series of social events at Scent Bar designed to celebrate new perfumes, educate scent enthusiasts and introduce them to world-class perfumers.

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