I started painting by the time I was five. My parents liked art and had many artworks by local artists and reproductions by famous contemporary and modern artists in our home. My own artwork often features social satire or political commentary. My paintings represent biologic and organic forms, music making, social institutions and personal relationships as seen through a surrealist’s eye. I play with visual counterpoint between color, design, composition, space, optical abstraction and fantasy. Nature inspires me and as a surrealist I include my own distinctive abstracted versions of flowers, trees, birds and humans.

No matter how unique an artist’s image, it is the creation of a specific time, place, and culture, and reflects the works of earlier masters. Impressionists, surrealists, Dadaists, and many others, have influenced my art. In addition, “freedom” – from tradition and to innovate and experiment; “light” – from the sunshine prevalent in California; and “multiculturalism” – are important characteristics of California art that have influenced my own art. However, the listed influences are only a few of the many in the foundation upon which my work is built. In sum, I am a sociological artist – I draw on human relationships and the relation of “man” to society. I am a figurative abstract surrealist. I believe that looking at art provides the viewer with the opportunity for an interaction with his or her own experiences and perceptions. When I paint a scene, situation, feeling or relationship, the viewer interprets it through the filter of their own repertoire of experiences and perceptions. Hopefully this interactive process between my artwork and the viewer’s way of experiencing my image elicits a response of intellectual and emotional delight – perhaps even a smile. For more details and a CV, go to my website WWW.GordonArtPlace.com

Barry Gordon

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