Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon

Kevin was born in Bergen, Norway in 1968, then moved to Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland in 1972 where he lived until 1980 when he and his family moved to Perth, Australia.  After completing high school in Fremantle in 1985 he worked with Kim Pierrer, Artist Sculptor, for a year learning casting, electroplating and forming techniques.  In 1987 Kevin went to Tasmania where he worked as a Jackaroo for five months, then a Winter person at Mt Buffalo Ski Resort in Victoria before returning to Perth.

 

In Perth Kevin worked for his parents – the Gordon Studio Glass Engravers, in the Bannister Street Craftworks, Fremantle, while studying drawing and painting courses at Perth Technical College and the Fremantle Arts Centre, and a course in Oil Painting and Colour Theory with Gillian Aitken.  In 1992 Kevin set up his own workshop in Fremantle, specialising in Architectural Engraved Glass, completing many major commissions in private and commercial buildings he ha s become recognised for his work in Hotels in the Perth region.  In 1995 he moved to Victoria and set up a workshop in conjunction with the Gordon Studio Glassblowers, run by his sister, Eileen Gordon and her husband Grant Donaldson.  With access to hot glass, where he could have pieces made to his own design, specially for engraving.  Kevin’s work quickly took on a unique look and feel, creating a demand for his work with Galleries and Collectors.  Kevin has exhibited in many exhibitions, including being accepted as a finalist to the R.F.C. Glass Awards in the last four consecutive years, and being a winner of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Biannual Craft Award in Glass.  He also has a piece in the National Art Gallery glass collection in Wagga Wagga.

 

In 1998 Kevin hired and ran a hot glass workshop, working with glass blower Scott Chaseling, making a large collection of pieces.   When he returned to Perth, he established a new studio workshop in Banjup with Rod Coleman, who worked with Kevin in the past on his architectural pieces.  Now settled in Perth, Kevin continues to focus on his glass working, and is starting to establish himself overseas, last year exhibiting in Group Exhibitions in London and Lisbon.  Kevin is currently working with David Hay and established a hot glass studio at Edith Cowan University.  David Hay specialised in working with Overlay and Graal techniques in the UK, and he is continuing his work with Kevin achieving amazing results unique in Australia.

 

 The graal process is where an embryo is made which is a basic bubble with layers of colour and at this point the piece is worked with Kevin engraving images through the layers and then the embryo is reheated and put back on the pipe and cased in clear glass and blown into its form.

 

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS (abridged)

 

2009                  ART OF GLASS 2 – Chrysler Museum and Contemporary Art Center, Virginia, USA

COLLECT  2009 – Represented by Glass Artists’ Gallery – Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

SYSTEMA NATURAE – Solo show, Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, USA

2008                  ART LONDON 2008 – represented by Glass Artists’ Gallery, Chelsea, UK

STENINGE WORLD EXHIBITION OF ART GLASS, Steninge Palace, Sweden

SYSTEMA NATURAE – Solo show, Form Gallery, Perth, WA

2007                  ART LONDON 2007 – represented by Glass Artists’ Gallery, Chelsea, UK

RANAMOK GLASS AWARDS – Touring Australian Exhibition

MASTERS 07 – Sabbia Glass Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2006                  THE GORDON FAMILY EXHIBITION – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

                        ART LONDON 2006 – represented by Glass Artist Gallery, Chelsea, UK

                        AUSTRALIANS IN GLASS – Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                        ARTSIN 06 – represented by Gaffer Glass Gallery, Singapore

                        MASTERY – Gaffer Glass Gallery, Hong Kong, China

                        ART TAPEI – represented by Glass Artist Gallery, Taiwan

                        AUSTRALIAN VISIONS ON GLASS – Leerdam Glass Gallery, Holland

2005                  TRANSFORMATIONS: THE LANGUAGE OF CRAFT – National Gallery of Australia, Australia

                        CUTTING EDGE – Touring Exhibition of Australian Cold Worked Glass, Australia

                        BEST ARTISTS – Leerdam Glass Gallery, Holland

                        ORIGINS – Glass Artist Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2005                  TUSCANY ART FAIR - Florence, Italy

                        CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN STUDIO GLASS EXHIBITION – Gaffer Glass Gallery, Hong Kong, Singapore

                        COLLECT 2005 – Represented by Glass Artist Gallery, V & A Museum, London,   UK

2004                  KEVIN GORDON – Solo Show, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

1996-2005           RANAMOK GLASS AWARDS – Finalist for 10 consecutive years, Touring Exhibition, Australia

2004                  COLLECT 2004 – Represented by Glass Artist Gallery, V & A Museum, London,   UK

2003                  GORDON FAMILY EXHIBITION – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

                        HOT GLASS SHOW – Axia Modern Art, Armadale, Vic

                        CITY OF HOBART ART PRIZE – Hobart, Tasmania

2001/2003           MEMBERS EXHIBITION – Ausglass  Biennial Conference

                        GLASS WEEKEND 2001 AND 2003 – Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, USA

                        SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) – Represented by Glass Artist Gallery, Chicago, USA   

2002                  KEVIN GORDON & DAVID HAY – Leerdam Glass Gallerie, Holland

                        FACETS OF AUSTRALIAN GLASS – Leo Kaplan Modern, New York, USA

2001                  THE CUTTING EDGE – Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Vic

2001-2002           TRANSPARENT THINGS – EXPRESSIONS IN GLASS, National Gallery of Australia

                        Travelling exhibition, Australia

2000                  PERTH CRAFT AWARDS – Craft West Gallery, Perth, WA

1999                  AUSTRALIAN GLASS EXHIBITION – Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

Collections/Awards/Publications

 

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA                 2009

Dan Klein & Alan J Poole (private collection) London, GB      2009

Article in Craft Arts International                                        Issue 72, 2008 (full article)

Insite Scoop Arts Magazine                                                            Issue 18, 2008 (full article)

Hamilton Art Gallery Collection                                          Hamilton, VIC, Aust – 2008

Tom Malone Glass Award Winner                                       Australia, 2008

Australian National Art Gallery Collection                             Canberra, ACT – 2008

Wesfarmers Art Collection                                                 Australia, 2008

Art Gallery of Western Australia                                         Australia, 2008

Sir Elton John Glass Collection-5 works                               USA, 2007

The Mobile Museum                                                        USA, 2006

Techniques of Glass Engraving- publication in book               Peter Dreiser, London, UK, 2006

Mid Career Fellowship Grant                                             Arts WA, 2006

Australian Glass Today                                                      Australia, 2005

3 Peoples Choice Awards                                                  Ranamok Glass Awards, 2000, 2003

Peoples Choice Award                                                      City of Hobart Art Prize, 2003

Article in Craft Arts International- front cover image              Issue 56, 2002

Contemporary Engraved Glass – published in book                London, UK, 1999

Australian National Art Gallery Collection                             Canberra, ACT, 2001

Armadale New Community Hospital                                   W.A., 2001

-       Large architectural glass art installation

Australian National Glass Collection                                    Wagga Wagga, NSW, 1997

Devonport Gallery Glass Collection                                                Devonport, TAS, 1997

 Latrobe Valley Glass Collection                                         Latrobe University (Vic) 1996

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