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György Gordon

(1924-2005), Artist and teacher

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Born in Hungary, the artist trained at the Hungarian Academy of Art in Budapest and fled to England during the 1956 uprising. A former lecturer at Wakefield College of Art, his exhibitions included shows at the National Portrait Gallery and a retrospective at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1989.

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Sarah Scaife

07 September 2016, 13:03

Gordon's obituary The Independent 11 March 2005 James Hamilton writes: "The painter György Gordon was one of the many artists, musicians and writers from central Europe who sought asylum in England during the 20th century, and remained to enrich British culture immeasurably.... This generated periods of intense productivity, in which he made groups of drawings and paintings of faceless human figures with rounded, doll-like, pallid bodies. His experience as a prisoner under interrogation is an undercurrent in these works, but one which he never acknowledged openly. Yet others, inspired by Honoré Daumier and Chaim Soutine, allow Gordon's mastery of creamy paint to suggest emotion and mood in a group of imaginary portraits that typify his method of work - for all his portraits, even the self-portraits, have their imaginary core.. It is through the self-portraits that Gordon achieved his most resonant expression. In some he presented himself as asleep, or dead; out-of-body paintings in which he achieves the ultimate detachment from the subject. But Gordon did not repine; instead, his apartness, and his acceptance of the long inevitable wait, bred a body of work in which psychological insight is run through with lyricism, and personal likeness with the tough surface presence of paint." Source

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