Biography of Caryl Gordon

 

After working in her garage on a 2,000 pound etching press for 16 years, Caryl Gordon knew it was time to try something different. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and a background in painting and photography, she was looking for a new and exciting challenge. When she found herself thinking about making an artistic genre change, she remembered loving the encaustic paintings she saw in a Santa Fe museum and realized she didn’t know anything about the medium. “I Googled the word ‘encaustic’ and fortuitously found a place called The Encaustic Center in the very next town to where I lived,” she said. “After taking many intensive workshops there, I fell passionately in love with painting with hot wax and haven’t touched my printing press since.”

The self-described “wildly inventive, abstract imaginary-landscape artist” plays by her own rules and is constantly discovering new ways to manipulate wax. “It can be applied as thin as watercolor paint and as thick as concrete. It can be carved into like clay, and scraped into to look like a distressed wall or aged object. The wax can be blown with a heat gun to look like a moving stream or to just create wanted drips. The techniques and possibilities are limitless and I try to incorporate and discover as many as I can.”

When creating, Gordon is prolific and paints about 30 hours a week. “I am an intuitive artist who goes into a zone while creating, never planning ahead what the outcome will be. I rely on my extensive art education and my experiences in life to guide me.” Gordon said she never has preconceptions when starting, and begins by moving the colors, shapes, and textures around to see what develops. Once she likes what she sees, she becomes more controlled and pulls the painting together. Color, she says, is the only element she determines before going into a painting, as working with color is intrinsically part of her.

By Kate Devereaux

 

Gallery Affiliations 

 

Artblend gallery
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The Sweet Art Gallery
Naples, Florida
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Galatea Fine Art
Boston, Massachusetts
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MiMa Fine Art Publishers
Vancouver, BC

Infusion Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Simply Art
Galveston, Texas

Coupralux Gallery
Dallas, Texas

Artjury.com/MCPlus
online

Alchemy Arts
Dallas, Texas

Illume Gallery
Dallas, Texas

 

Media

 

Artblend Magazine Issue 8, Winter 2016
Artist Profile Feature

Spotlight on Sweet Art 2016
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Galatea Fine Art's January 2013 Offerings
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FLUX  Boston Magazine's Weekly Wrap-Up for January 4, 2013
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Studio Visit Magazine, Spring 2013

Providence Journal's “This New England Blog” December 9, 2012
"But the Machinery's Melody Lingers on"
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International Contemporary Artists 2010
A Juried Selection of International Artists, In. Co. Artist Books
US: New York City, New York and EU: Athens, Greece

Studio Visit 2009
A Juried Selection of International Artists
Volume six, 2009, page 53
The Open Studios Press

National Juried Monotype/Monoprint Exhibition Catalogue 2008
The Monotype Guild of New England
Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

 

Degree & Education

 

2017
Teacher for a Workshop at Encaustic Center
Richardson, Texas

1975
BFA
The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture
New York, New York

1999
University of Dallas Irving
Texas Independent study with printmaker and Professor Juergen Strunck

1980-1982
State University of New York at Purchase
The International School of Photography, New York City

1972-1975
The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture
New York, New York

1971-1972
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum School
Boston, Massachusetts

1970-1971
Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut

1969
Art Students League of New York