Victor Gordon, 1985


When not [subversively] exploiting the endless possibilities and permutations of Realism, Gordon’s work embodies a matured awareness of the diametric opposition between nineteenth century painterly realism and twentieth century modernist devices. Recognisable symbols and quotations are manipulated to offer fresh multi-layered interpretations and readings.

Gordon is not afraid, however, to explore serious issues with humour and acute wit. Gordon’s art acknowledges the past whilst simultaneously addressing contemporary issues.

He is primarily a painter and sculptor, he also creates assemblage, collages, drawings, photographs and installations. His wide ranging concerns and techniques offer uncompromising, refreshingly unique and often quirky and challenging artistic statements.

About Victor Gordon

South African born, Victor Gordon has exhibited, practised and taught art in Australia since 1987. Primarily a painter and sculptor, he also creates assemblages, collages, drawings and installations. His wide ranging concerns and techniques offer uncompromising, refreshingly unique and often quirky and challenging artistic statements.

Victor Gordon has exhibited extensively in Sydney and Melbourne, in both mainstream commercial galleries as well as alternative spaces. Gordon’s painting of aboriginal actor, Noel Tovey, won the Bathurst portrait prize in 2010. He has been a finalist in many important competitions including the Sulman Art Prize (The Art Gallery of New South Wales), and the Blake prize (State Library). His 2012 survey exhibition at the Orange Regional Gallery, ‘Sun Shining - Blood everywhere’ has been profiled on ABC24 Arts Quarter.

Gordon’s art has recently been acknowledged at the highest level in South Africa. Five major pieces form part of the Ifalethu Collection and his painting and sculpture are represented in the Constitutional Court Collection in Johannesburg.