Ted Gordon

(1924 - )


Ted Gordon is known for his compulsive style and for his singular theme of the human face in infinite variety. Gordon fills his paper or poster board with obsessive line drawings and spirals - usually in black and white but sometimes in colour - that he calls "doodles". "When I draw something," he explains, "I am that person, fish, or bird." Although Gordon draws some animals, the majority of his doodles resolve themselves into a human face - his own. It has been said that "His self protraits are of a person in torment, never at ease or in repose."

Gordon had a one person show at the Collection de L'Art Brut in Lousanne, Switzerland, and was the only American included in a show there in 1996 ("Les Obsessionneis"). His work was also included in "Visions from the Left Coast: California Self-Taught Artists" in Santa Barbara, California in 1995 and in a 1998 two-artist exhibition at the Folk Art Museum in San Francisco, California. Gordon's drawings are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Collection de L'Art Brut, Lousanne, Switzerland; The Musgrave-Kinley Collection, London; The Aracine Collection, Paris; the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American Art, Washington, D. C.; the Milwaukee Art Museum; The American Folk Art Museum, New York; and The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. He received an award of distinction from the Folk Art Society of America in 2000.


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