Larry Gordon, founding principal of an architectural firm, received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture and his M. Arch from MIT on a Compton Fellowship. His love of painting dates back to his attendance at Music & Art High School in NYC.
He was adjunct Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology and a visiting critic at City University.
I have continuously been involved in the arts as a painter – dividing my day between my architectural practice and painting. I believe both arts complement each other and reinforce the creative process. My years as an architect has influenced my art and informed my work. It is carefully structured as I would plan a building. In many of my large paintings every section could be the subject of a new painting, but hold togeather as a whole, a clear unity, which requires continues looking and, I hope new discoveries. .
The paintings and drawings begin with a formal linear structure. The Grid is then manipulated, changed and removed. I use transparency, overlapping shapes and images. Many of my painting aims at a joyful and playful celebration of color– at times embracing excess.
Except for a general overall concept, I have no preconceived idea for an individual work and, instead, let the painting take me on a journey. I hope the viewer will have a direct relationship with the painting. I have decontextualized the painting. The shapes become dematerialized and abstract . Each shape produces a powerful effect, but together their decorative impact is based on linear form and color. The use of color is divorced from subject and independent from the picture meaning.
I have used contrast between vertical banding and the sharp curves that play against it, inflecting the entire surface with a counterpoint between straight and curving rhythmic beats. I have eliminated the distinctions between ground and figure upon which traditional composition depends.
Barber Gallery, Becket MA
The Whit Gallery, Lenox MA
Hammond Museum, North Salem NY
New Rochelle Art Association 100th Jury Show, Lumen Gallery (Received Adolph Grant Award)
Arts Westchester/Jury Show 2016
Larchmont Art Guild, Larchmont NY (Solo Art Show) 2015
Award: Jury Show - First Place -Dermot Gale Award Show (NRAA) Exhibition 2015
Award: Jury Show - Jules Bauer Award Show (NRAA) Exhibition 2015
Award: Jury Show - Adolph Grand Award Show (NRAA) Exhibition 2015
Award Jury Show - Adolph Grand Award Show (NRAA) Exhibition 2016
Award Jury Show - MAG Small Works Show Exhibition 2017 - Honorable Mention
Award Jury Show - New Rochelle Libray Exhibition - 2017
Westport Art Association: Jury show 10th Annual Solos Exhibition 2016
SSA Town House Gallery, Stamford Ct. 2017
Feruson Gallery-First Award- Stamford Ct. 2017/2018/2019
Coworking Gallery, New Rochelle NY 2017
Pop-Up Gallery: Westport CT. 2018
Award Jury Show- First & Third Place Jules Bauer Award Show (NRAA) Exhibition 2018
103rd Annual Art Exhibition NRAA 2018 Annual Open Juried Exhibition - Second Place
WCWP 2018 Annual Art Exhibition - Third Place
Mooney Center Gallery, College Of New Rochelle-Award Jury Show - 2019
Emelin Theatre Mamaroneck NY- Jury Show Exhibition - 2019
Town House Gallery, Stamford Ct. - Jury Show Exhibition 2019 - Third Place
Newton Roux Gallery, Stamford Ct. - 4 Artist Show - 2019