Born in 1980, Kristy Gordon grew up in Nelson, a heritage city located in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011 and her MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2013.
Kristy has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and China at venues including the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, the National Academy Museum, NYC and Flowers Gallery, NYC.
A three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, her work has won numerous awards including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America and Best of Show in the National Art Premier at Elmhurst Art Museum.
She has received residencies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Shanghai University, OCAD University Florence, Italy and has apprenticed with Odd Nerdrum in Norway and France. Gordon’s work and art writing has been featured in publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Bravo!’s Star Portraits.
Kristy has taught drawing and painting classes internationally since 2008 at institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy (New York), The Academy of Realist Art (Ottawa and Boston), and Art Escape Italy (Florence).
She has lectured and done painting demonstrations at China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, The Art of the Portrait in Washington, DC and Take Home A Nude and Sotheby’s in New York City.
Her paintings hang in more than 600 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, The Clearing House (NYC) and Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History. Gordon is represented by Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor and Cube Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
The Artist’s Magazine September Issue
I am thrilled to announce that one of my paintings, “Cree” (2014) has been featured on the September cover of The Artist’s Magazine. In addition to being on the cover, this issue includes an eight page spread on my work written by B.J. In the article I share details of my artistic practice including how I painted a portrait of myself swinging upside down. I’m grateful to B.J. as well as the magazine’s editor Maureen Bloomfield for giving me the opportunity to speak about my work and my process. You can order copies of the magazine here, grab a digital copy here and have a peak at the feature below.
Canadian artist Kristy Gordon’s work is an expression of the bittersweet transitions of life, offering dreamlike scenes and portraits that range from playful to introspective and candid. Her observations of people and herself evoke vulnerability and authenticity paired with the surreal and whimsical that has come to identify work by this Canadian phenom.
Over the years Gordon’s practice has evolved from seriously accomplished and formal paintings with a nod to the masters, to a mature melding of contemporary discourse with uncompromising traditional practices. She has an uncanny ability to imbue a figure with a verisimilitude both physical and psychological. Her work exhibits an innate ability to convey intimacy and honesty, and is a sincere act of artistic intuition.
In 2014 she received her MFA degree in Painting from the New York Academy of Art and holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Additionally, she has studied classical drawing and painting at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and Andreeva Portrait Academy in Santa Fe. She has also studied privately with artists including Yuqi Wang, Odd Nerdrum, Juan Martinez, and Jeremy Lipking.
She has exhibited her work internationally and received: an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2009; a Merit Award from the Salon International 2009; third place Portrait Society of Canada’s International Portrait Competition 2008, Best of Show in the National Art Premier, Illinois 2008; and named Top Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International 2008/2009 ARC Salon. She was a finalist for the 2013 Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture. In 2014 she received an Exceptional Merit award from the Portrait Society of America for her work, Star Child.
Her paintings hang in more than 400 collections worldwide, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.