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Post by Leach54321 on August 22nd 2019, 4:54 pm

Hi - I have this wonderful painting which is simply signed GORDON '62 - I am guessing Gordon is a surname and I think this art is of a high quality so would expect it to be a known artist but cannot seem to trace who this is - can anyone help please?
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Post by studio-pots on September 18th 2019, 5:49 pm

I would have bought that without even thinking I might found out who Gordon was. What part of the country did you find it? I ask because there are a number of people with that surname that were known artists, although not very famous.

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Post by Netherthorpe on September 18th 2019, 9:51 pm

It's a long shot, but the name Gordon caught my eye.  I'm no expert on artists (just a forner student with a memory for faces and names!), but used to know one painter of that name, and so far can't rule him out.  An art school friend of mine happened to marry an Australian painter called Jeremy Gordon in the late 60s. He'd moved to London in the early 60s to continue his art education, and was there until about 1969, when they moved to Australia.  Last I heard he was still alive and painting, and he appears in some exhibition lists there, though it's hard to get a handle on who's successful (the workings of the art market there appear to differ from Europe and the US). Googling the name plus painter and Australia brings up a page about him, but with only a few recent paintings shown (part of a gallery's website I think).  Your painting's in a very different style, but artists can go through a lot of phases in 50 years or so!

Whoever painted it,, I'd have snapped it up like a shot if I'd spotted it (and I could afford it)!  It struck me immediately as a good painting, and a fine example of the aesthetic of those times (and especially of what some people could do with simple shapes and a limited palette).  I think it was done at some speed, which is often a sign of long experience, but can equally be prompted by time constraints at college. And there's a lot of student work out there. I don't know if it's still the case, but people in those days didn't keep their work for long; with the fast development art school enables.  Most of it got hurled at the bin, given away, or sometimes even sold. (Even without moving house, let alone to Australia!).

Have you tried an image match search on the signature?  Or, failing that, the whole thing? The latter takes more time and patience (depending on what aspect of it gets picked up!).
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