• OWEN GORDON: MEMORY STORIES

    DECEMBER 2 - 22, 2021

  • Following Owen Gordon’s first exhibition at the gallery last year, a survey of paintings made over four decades, we are pleased to present an entirely new body of work based on his collection of experiences, past and present. Gordon has lived a life of stories; growing up in Jamaica and immigrating to Canada at age 35, he has seen more in his lifetime than most. In addition to painting, Gordon is also a writer and sculptor. He has always embraced his creativity with focus and passion, including during his career working for the City of Toronto. His daily encounters became material to fuel his practice.

    Painted during a period of isolation, these most recent paintings recall some of the most influential people in Gordon’s lifetime. While some are solitary portraits, the titles bearing their names, other paintings describe specific events remembered with vivid accuracy and detail. Gordon is also known for his abstract works, heavily inspired by African textiles. They sometimes pay homage to a particular person from Gordon’s past, their contributions and personalities too complex to encapsulate in a traditional portrait.

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  • Owen Gordon, The Empty Chair, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    The Empty Chair, 2021 oil on paper
    30 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.
    $ 3,800.00
  • Owen Gordon, La Bombadier, 1966, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    La Bombadier, 1966, 2021
    oil on paper
    30 x 22 3/4 in.
    SOLD
  • The restaurant La Bombadier was a five-star restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1966, a group of sailors, myself included, became stranded in Puerto Rico and the US Coast Guard arranged for us to be fed. The Salvation Army took on the role. A Salvation Army Major led a long line of us straight into the La Bombadier, where we were led up the stairs. The management joined two tables together and placed a large table cloth on top of it. After the Major was satisfied with the arrangement he departed. We sat at that table for six months where the Salvation Army paid for our lunch and dinner. A man sitting nearby, sharply dressed in a suit, ordered a cantaloupe for every meal. My memory of this gentleman inspired me to paint this scene.
     
    - OWEN GORDON
  • Owen Gordon, The Other Curator, 2004-2021

    Owen Gordon

    The Other Curator, 2004-2021 oil on canvas
    22 x 15 in.
    $ 3,500.00
  • Owen Gordon, A Dancer Named Sheila Barnett, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    A Dancer Named Sheila Barnett, 2021

    mixed media on paper
    22 x 27 3/4 in.

    SOLD
  • No paintbrush can capture the grace and poise of Sheila Barnett.  Sheila Barnett was the principal of the School of Dance in Jamaica, whose campus I used to visit on a regular basis. One could feel the positive energy that Barnett and her staff emitted at the dance school. I created this abstract painting after a few attempts to create a painting in memory of Sheila Barnett, only to realize that no brush or ink can capture the elegance and poise that she possessed. She seemed to float as she strode across the dancefloor, her image reflected in the large mirrors that made up the walls of the room. Seeing her, a person quickly came to the conclusion that Sheila Barnett was born to dance.

     

     - OWEN GORDON

  • Owen Gordon, The Bag and Broomers, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    The Bag and Broomers, 2021 oil on paper
    22 3/4 x 30 in.
    $ 3,800.00
  • Owen Gordon, Mr. Rao, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    Mr. Rao, 2021 oil on paper
    30 x 22 1/2 in.
    $ 3,800.00
  • Owen Gordon, The Clinic, 2021

    Owen Gordon

    The Clinic, 2021 mixed media on paper
    23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
    $ 3,200.00
  • Owen Gordon is a Jamaican-born, Canadian artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and collage. Gordon emigrated to Toronto in 1983...

    Owen Gordon is a Jamaican-born, Canadian artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and collage. Gordon emigrated to Toronto in 1983 and has amassed a remarkably diverse body of work including figurative, abstract and environmental subjects. While nods to specific movements in art history  demonstrate Gordon's depth of knowledge and curiosity, the consistency throughout his work has been his passion and innate ability for storytelling. Gordon engages with both collective and personal histories, current events as well as people he has encountered or learned about. He then combines figurative and abstract elements to retell these stories with a striking use of colour, pattern and texture.