Tribes. Land. Ocean.
Origin. Authenticity. Integrity.
Honor. Pride. Celebration.
From a childhood living in a small hotel by the sea in Worthing to his experiences in California and New Mexico, Gordon reveals fundamental truths in conflicting beliefs and cultural traditions.
Drawing on his graphic roots, he uses pure colour, scale, symbolism, iconography, found objects and photography; his meticulously handpainted and multi-layered works challenge convention, post colonial attitudes and propaganda, taking the viewer on a journey through positive abstraction.
Gordon renders his art with a raw energy that comes from the artist’s proximity to the subject, demonstrating the correlation in extremes of imagery and revealing a life-force in an affirmative, minimalist state. He opens a dialogue between ancient history, the 20th century, pop culture, consumerism and leading-edge technology through exploring transformation over time.
Focusing on an image before relocating its context is a way of celebrating the enduring materiality of images whilst safeguarding the vulnerability of others. This dissonance subverts, disrupts and enriches our recognition of the visual world, touching our soul through a moment of reflection and realization.