Frank Gordon was born in Lancashire and studied at Bolton College of Art from 1958 to 1963 before embarking on a successful career teaching art. He took the opportunity to leave in 1995 and subsequently moved to the village of Giggleswick in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This enabled him to indulge his related passions of painting and hill walking – an enviable lifestyle in an enviable location.
Most of his subject matter relates to scenes within a few miles of home, especially the Three Peaks area of Ribblesdale, and concentrates on the tension between the recall of intense first-hand experience and more painterly concerns of colour and form. Annual visits to the Scottish islands are also beginning to feed through into his latest work.
He works in a full range of painting media, enjoying the varied qualities that each brings to the picture-making process. Directly observed drawings in all seasons and weathers are supplemented with photographs; these, together with memory and imagination, are combined in the studio in the making of the finished work. His belief is that one of the artist’s main concerns is a revelatory one.
Frank Gordon is a member of the Leeds Fine Artists group and has featured in various publications including ‘International Artist’, ‘The Artist’, ‘Yorkshire Life’, ‘The Dalesman’, ‘Yorkshire Dales Review’ and ‘Yorkshire Post’.
He exhibits widely and examples of his work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in Britain and abroad.
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