biography

Gordon began painting full time in 2000 after retiring from the advertising business in Chicago. He graduated from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago, then began a forty year career in advertising from studio artist to ad agency creative director.

He resumed painting in 1994 after attending evening watercolor classes at The Art Institute. Since then, he has had successful one-man gallery exhibits and art shows in the midwest and east coast. His watercolors have won several show and gallery merit awards and ribbons including Best Of Show and First Prize. Commissions include a Street Art Series painting for the introduction of the Chevrolet SSR. He frequently does painting demonstrations and critiques for art organizations and schools and has been a featured artist on WGN-TV, WMAQ-TV, in the ChicagoTribune and area suburban newspapers. The U.S. Ambassador to Sarajevo, Patrick Moon, selected two of his paintings to hang in the Embassy as part of the State Department's Art In Embassies program depicting life in America. The paintings will be on exhibit for two years.

France's favorite subjects are sports, cityscapes and urban life."My interest is in painting an activity that gets the viewer involved both visually and emotionally. I prefer to suggest passages rather than paint details and let the viewer’s eye do the work. I try to avoid the usual landmarks unless they define the location or are critical to the composition. If the painting strikes a familiar chord or has some personal significance to the viewer then the painting is successful." Gordon has a lifelong interest in sports that shows up in many of his paintings. He remains an active hockey player, competing in senior leagues and tournaments.

He has studied figure and landscape oil painting with Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, Camille Przewodek, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Ray Roberts, Anita Hampton, Nancy Chaboun and watercolor with Eric Wiegardt.

The Frances regularly attend painting workshops in the US and Europe and both teach painting classes at the La Grange Art League.

Gordon's paintings hang in private collections in Italy, the UK, Canada and throughout the US. Recently Patrick Moon, the U.S. Ambassador to Sarajevo selected two of his paintings, "Met Morning" and "West Village" to hang in the U.S. embassy as part of the State Department's Art In Embassies program depicting life in America. The paintings will be on loan exhibit for two years.He is a member of the La Grange Art League, Elmhurst Artists Guild, Naperville Art League, DuPage Art League and the National Transparent Watercolor Society. He is represented by LaGrange Art League Gallery, La Grange, Illinois, DuPage Art League Wheaton, Illinois, Phyllis Lucas Galleries, NYC, Art On Elston Gallery, Chicago Illinois.

He and his wife Jacqueline are residents of La Grange, Illinois. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.
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