return to paintings

 Born and educated in London, Ian Gordon was caught up in the ‘New Art’ wave of the early 1970’s. ( The New Art. Exhibition, Hayward Gallery London, 1972) This seminal exhibition featuring young British artists, including Gilbert and George, Barry Flanagan, John Stezaker, Michael Craig Martin , Richard Long and others , fusing Sculpture, Land Art, psychedelic philosophy, minimalism, under the catch all banner, ‘Conceptual Art’.

 Ian was directly influenced by these concerns, and whilst a student at Wimbledon School of Art,(1973-75) turned to creating embroidered word pieces which he buried in remote and beautiful landscapes.

 After leaving Wimbledon, he moved to Ireland and continued with work in the same theme until the early nineties. Burying embroidery, painting underwater, drawing at night, by whatever method testing the parameters of the artist/object relationship in order to distil the experience of landscape in a new and emotive visual language.

 Unsurprisingly, Ian found himself on a gradual return to traditional methods in a quasi-naïve rediscovery of the fundamentals of landscape painting.

 ' The power of the two dimensional image is as much about disconnecting from sound, smell, taste, motion, as it is about it’s own content. Whilst multi-media is always present in this age, the relative detachment with which we view paintings is, as ever, a window to that still quiet place allowing an unburdening of the soul.'