Do you believe – in art?

The Art of Edward Gordon


 

Copied, printed and published with permission from artist Edward Gordon and can be viewed along with many other works at gordongallery.com

“Can you ship this to Japan? ” the tall Oriental man asked? ” Of course” I replied. The buyer was referring to a sixteen-thousand-dollar, larger-than-life, bronze boar that he thought might look good outside his restaurant in Japan. The pig is an important symbol in Japanese culture representing bravery, gallantry, and loyalty.


I completed the sale and passed the overseas shipping nightmare on to the manager.

Whether it be in the form of wall art, statuary, or even simple hand-painted gourds, most people enjoy art in one form or another. I didn’t sell a single work but what the buyer wasn’t thrilled, and very eager to take the piece home, or to his office – and he or she knew exactly where it was going to hang, or set.

Over the years I’ve been exposed to the works of extremely talented artists. Edward Gordon, reviewed here, is one such artist. But I’ll let him introduce himself.


 

My goal is to make paintings so realistic, that viewers are drawn into the imaginary space and share in the peaceful feeling that I try and incorporate into each work. I relish the subtleties of light reflection combined with architectural details that falls somewhere between realism and surrealism. There is something mystical yet serene in the quiet light found in interior spaces, presented in harmony with the luminescent effect in the sky. ” 

Edward Gordon.


Edward Gordon was born in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1940, and received his BA from Rutgers.  He is the recipient of many awards and the subject of many feature articles including The Artists Magazine, The Artist’s Illustrated Encyclopedia, Spotlight Magazine and American Artist Magazine. His work can be seen in public and private collections in North America and Europe.

I came to know Mr. Gordon’s artwork when I worked in an art gallery in Scottsdale Az.  We didn’t represent Mr. Gordon’s work as we were primarily an impressionist gallery, however, I personally would have loved to have had his work in our gallery.

The above work is entitled Last Light, depicting the end of a crisp winter day when the snow turns that very special Maxfield Parrish blue.


The glowing Tiffany lamp warms the setting and casts a soft radiance over the reading chair and coverlet, without obscuring the beautiful star-studded night. The collection of books include “Great Plays by William Shakespeare” –  but no one will know that until you point it out.

This work is signed by the artist and is offered unframed or framed in Clear Pine, Antique Gold, Traditional Walnut, Dark Mahogany, or the framer’s choice.

All prints are Giclee ( pronounced  zhee-clay) on Somerset paper with Iris Equipois inks. Giclee is a French word for ” a spraying of ink”.  Each piece of paper is hand-mounted onto a drum, which rotates during the printing process. Exact calculations of hue, value and density are achieved by directing four million droplets of ink through the spraying nozzles producing five-hundred-twelve chromatic changes with three million colors possible.


I am told it this is a first for a review site. Gee, I hope so. I see it the same way I would a book, a bag of Dorito’s or drapes. It’s a commodity. Gordon is the ‘author’, the canvas is the ‘book’, I liked this product because. . .

10 thoughts on “Do you believe – in art?”

  1. Very interesting review – I never would have thought to review art. But, like you said, it’s not much different from some other items that get reviewed subjectively. Thanks for bringing this type of review to my attention!

  2. Thank you. Perhaps that I worked in an art gallery and came to see artwork as a ‘product’ , a very beautiful product, made it easy for me to want to review it.

    Nj

    1. Thank you – I’m glad you found it. Somehow it got mis-dated and shuffled to the bottom of the stack. What I’m wondering now is – what happened to the pictures? Where they there when you read it?

    1. I was so disappointed when the images disappeared. I’m working on restoring them. But in the meanwhile, i fyou have a moment, visit the website. Mr. Gordon’s artwork is unbelievable.

      Thank you, Molly – I always appreciate your comments!

      Nj

      1. I think I know why the images disappeared: you had linked them directly from gordongallery.com and that website no longer works. If you try to view it, there’s a generic placeholder page and a small message from Network Solutions (a popular website domain name registrar) which says “gordongallery.com expired on 04/13/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.”

        So they let their whole website go down because they forgot to renew their domain name! Ooooooooops. Somebody’s fired over at Gordon Gallery! And the timing couldn’t have been worse for your review 🙁

        Since the images were showing up blank and broken here, I’ve removed them from your review. If you can find the image files again, please save them to your computer and upload them directly to VeryHelpful.net for use in your review. There’s a help tutorial at the top of this page with more info on how to do this. Just look for “HOW TO USE IMAGES IN REVIEWS.”

        Thanks!

        1. Thank you, Andy, for bird-dogging this issue. What an exercise in futility reviewing artwork (of all things), and have it do a Houdini.

          Yes, I’m sure heads will roll at the gallery. My former employer at the gallery in Az. would spend half of each day replying to emails about works that had been viewed on our site, so I know it’s value.

          When Mr. Gordon gave his permission to use images of his artwork, he also gave me the name of his printer and permission to contact them for copies, in case I had trouble with resolution, etc. I have done that and am waiting for a reply. I’ll be able to download these to my hard drive and have them for as long as I need them.

          I have viewed the tutorial you mentioned, but it doesn’t have closed caption and I have substantial hearing loss. I was ‘winging it’. However, now that I know more about these issues, I’ll make sure my image source is static, or I’ll send out a 9-1-1.

          Thanks for your help and effort,

          Norma

    1. “Well, I Gi-clare” You are a hoot! 🙂 I’ll be very happy when I learn how to add images correctly so they don’t Poof! disappear!

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments – always appreciated.

      Have a super-duper (and safe!) holiday,

      Norma

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