John Gordon Gauld

John Gordon Gauld’s playful, figurine-populated still life paintings are references to the tension between the organic and the manmade, and sometimes-tragicomic triumph of the artificial over the natural. Gauld is particularly influenced by the long tradition of still life and vanitas painting, popularized by Old Master painters from 14th through 17th centuries. He does, however, eschew the dark palettes of these forebears in favor of bright and vivid colors. Natural light is a key component in these paintings, which feature both interior and outdoor scenes. Gauld paints with egg-based tempera and oil paints, and is known for a precise and photorealistic style. John Gordon Gauld graduated with a BFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the recipient of grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Martha Boschen Porter Fund, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, La Napoule Art Foundation, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Aldrich Museum, and The Vermont Studio Center. Gauld’s work has been included in many group exhibitions and featured in many of Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays and in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art News, Vogue, Huffington Post, Scene Magazine, Refinery 29, Nylon, and Artnet News, among others.