About Barry Gordon: Statement and Resume

My art is characterized by the use of vibrant colors and whimsical forms that grow out of recognizable human, floral or animal shapes. The tone is often humorous and the message frequently one of social satire or political commentary. In my work, I try to achieve a kind of musical counterpoint between color, design, composition, optical abstraction and fantasy. My works contain representations and permutations of musicians and music making; biologic and organic forms; social institutions and social relationships.

My drawings and paintings center around three broad categories: a) perceptions of self or others; b) social relations between self and society, between couples and within small groups; c) epics and concepts. My imagery provides a broad repertoire for the viewer's mind to draw on from his/her own experiential base to impressionistically develop his/her own conceptual/visceral "holistic perception" of a scene, a feeling an experience. What follows is an instantaneous recognition not necessarily analytically or consciously understood--ending in a reflexive interactive smile derived from the pleasure of the journey.


My first exhibit was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in an exhibit of children's art (1952). My debut professional exhibit was in 1965 at the Bogner Gallery on Gallery Row (La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills) and then various other shows nationally (New York; Washington, DC; Seattle; and throughout California) with a 30-year retrospective of 92 pieces in 2004 in a university gallery. I have had shows internationally, in what was formerly Yugoslavia (Belgrade), Russia (Moscow), and Armenia (Yerevan), Brazil (Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte) and had illustrations published in various newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, as well as an album cover for CBS Records and the 1984 Olympics' Georgio Moroder Theme song for Track. I founded and directed the Gordon Gallery in Santa Monica from 1985 thru 1996.

During that time I helped to establish several artists so they could make consistent sales thru the gallery as well as participate in several International Art Fairs in New York, Miami and Washington, DC.

My own work is derivative of many influences including Picasso, Miro, Saul Steinberg, Dali, Matta, Tanguey, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Matisse and Klee, among others. If you put these influences in a pot and let them bubble and boil, then throw in California “freedom” and “light” and “American multiculturalism”, that indicates the direction from which my art is derived. Though drivative in some ways, I think you will find my imagery is always unique and I take responsibility for that. My hope is that you will enjoy the interactive journey and that that feeling will permeate your mind as you enjoy the ride.