Gordon Coldwell “A smile out of mind”
29th August – 30th September
Blue Cedar Printworks, 3 Silver St, Glastonbury BA6 8BS Tel: 01458 832292
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Education and Career
Born Newcastle upon Tyne 1954
Bachelor of Education Hons Degree – Warwick University 1976
Art Teacher – Saintbridge School, Gloucester 1976-78
Art & Design Lecturer – West Sussex College of Design 1979-86
Head of Art, Design & Media – Bridgwater College 1987-1996
Specialist teaching skills in the areas of: drawing, Fine Art processes, ideas development and graphic design.
Award winning Marketing Manager – Bridgwater College 1996-2007
Owner of a ‘I More Than Brand’ (marketing services) 2007 – present
Gordon is half Dutch… and was the first Head Boy at Gateshead Girls Grammar School. He played 4 times for Middlesbrough F.C. reserves and was a lead singer in 4 bands.
He has lived in Somerset since 1987. His wife of 35 years is his best friend and a practicing artist.
‘A Smile in the Mind’
‘A Smile in the Mind’ is the first public showing of works made by Gordon in 2015.
Since January of this year he has made over 350 works, all of the same intensity as those on show here – he says… “I have made artworks throughout my life, however, never with the sustained compulsion to make them as I have this year. I feel possessed by some happy art making demon – long may he stay with me.”
The body of work from which those on show here are taken is an eclectic mix of ‘unique evolutions’, it is essentially ‘Art out of Art’ and ‘Art about Art’, multi-layered in construction and potential meaning… a kind ‘Imagism’.
It is hoped that those with or without knowledge of art history find something of interest in the work – they might enjoy the depth, detail and craft, they might ask ‘how are these works made’? As for their meaning, they are open to multiple interpretations… it’s all up to the viewer… if the viewer is left with a ‘smile in their mind’… then the work is doing what it is meant to do.
Each work is made by importing original and sourced pictorial content into two kinds of image manipulating software, the composition is then constructed, developed and finessed on an iPad and PC. The evolving work is sent back and forth between software and hardware to achieve desired look and feel.
Each work is then typically Giclee printed onto canvas and stretched on board. The final stage is to enliven the surface by adding highlighted areas of acrylic pigment with fine brush work. Each piece has the potential to be produced on a very large scale but all works remain unique because of the final hand painted stage.
Some of Gordon’s art heroes: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Stubbs, Gericault, Ingres, Delacroix, Seurat, Picasso, Schwitters, Duchamp, Wyeth, Pasmore, Hamilton, Blake.
Gordon has artworks in private collections, a number of educational settings and has:
- exhibited in group shows in Sussex, Somerset , Devon, Dorset and Holland.
- regularly had works accepted and exhibited in the annual Evolver Prize Exhibition.
- won prizes at the Millfield School Annual Summer Open Art Exhibition
- won an award at this year’s Ilminster Summer Show