Patrick S. Gordon, American (1953 - )

Patrick S. Gordon

By the time he was five years old, Patrick S. Gordon, the Northeastern Oklahoma watercolorist and painter, knew that he wanted to be an artist. With a stellar international reputation, Patrick exceeded his young dreams. Galleries, businesses and private collectors display his realistic, large-scale still lifes and exacting portraits.

Patrick was born into an artistic family in Claremore, Oklahoma. His mother, Janell S. Gordon, a respected still life painter, was his first art teacher and he learned an unusual technique from her. “I usually work with the canvas turned upside-down as I develop each area of the painting.” He says this concentrates his ability to see abstract patterns rather than the object he’s painting. “Most of the time I don’t consider whether I’m painting a leaf or a petal and just focus on the relative color and value of what I’m painting.”

He attended the University of Oklahoma then transferred to the University of Tulsa where he studied with widely-regarded watercolorist Glenn Godsey. He received a baccalaureate degree from TU in 1974, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and took an additional year of graduate study in watercolor. Patrick was named as a 2003 distinguished alumni of the University of Tulsa.

Following a nine-year-stay in New York City, Patrick returned to Tulsa in 2012. “Growing up in Oklahoma gave me a good sensibility about work and people.”

His work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979), the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York City (1992-1993), the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (1999), and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa (2001).

Born
1953 Claremore, Oklahoma

Education
1971-1972 University of Oklahoma
1974 University of Tulsa, BFA
1974-1975 University of Tulsa, Graduate Studies in Watercolor

Awards
1979 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1992-1993 Season Poster, Metropolitan Opera Company, New York, NY
1999 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Award of Excellence
2001 Liddy Doenges Individual Arts Award, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010
2010
2007
2006
"Found in Translation" Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
"Weapons of Mass Deconstruction" Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
"the Truth and the Beauty" Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
“Flowers of Consequence,” Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2004
Bernaducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2001 P.S. Gordon” Oklahoma Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, OK
1999 P.S. Gordon, A Finer Taste,” Museum of Arts & Sciences, Evansville, IN
1997 “P.S. Gordon: Big Sky Paintings,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1996 “Exotic Botanicals,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1995 “Italian Landscapes,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1991 “Contemporaries V: P.S. Gordon,” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
1990 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1985 “P.S. Gordon: Drawings of Women,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1982 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1980 “Works on Paper: Color Process and Product,” Arts Signature Gallery,
Tulsa Performance Arts Center Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1979 G. Franklin Gallery LTD., Tulsa OK
1978 Palm Beach Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
1977 “Works on Paper,” Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK
1974 James Graham and Sons Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 "Summer in the City" Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2003 “Snow,” Bernaducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2001 “Collecting for the 21st Century,” Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
2000 P.S. Gordon, A Finer Taste,” Museum of Arts & Sciences, Evansville, IN
1999-2000 Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
1998 Group Show, Peter Tatitstcheff & Co., Inc., New York, NY
1996 “Realism: Realists Inviting Realists,” Van De Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995 “Realism 95: Vision and Poetry,” Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1994 “Contemporary American Realism,” Broden Gallery, Madison, WI
1994 “Distinguished Alumnae Exhibition,” Alexander Hogue Gallery,
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
1993 “Still Life 1963-1993,” Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“American Realism,” Sewal Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX
Peter Tatitstcheff & Co., Inc., New York, NY
Peyton-Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992 Fischbach Gallery, Summer Show, New York, NY
Sherry French Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1991 Charles B. Goddard Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Ardmore, OK
1989-1991 “New Horizons in American Realism,” organized by the Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI. Traveling to: Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
1990 “Contemporary Realist Watercolor,” Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University,
University Park, PA
1989-1992 “31st International Drawing Exhibition,” Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
1986 “Watercolor USA 1986: The Monumental Image,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1985-1987 “American Realism: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors,” organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Traveling to: DeCordova and Dana Museum and park, Lincoln, MA; Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX; Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Williams College Museum of Williamstown, MA; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Madison Art Ctr, Madison, WI
1985 “American Realism,” William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984 “Focus on Realism: Selections from the Collection of Glenn C. Janns,”
Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1982 “Still Life/Interiors,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
“Still Life/Interiors,” University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1981 Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1978 “Contemporary American Realists: Works on Paper,” University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1977 “Twentieth Annual Delta Painting and Sculpture Competition, Little Rock, AR
“Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition,” Golden, CO
1974-1976 “Oklahoma Annual Painting and Sculpture Competition,” Tulsa, OK
1974-1975 “Tulsa University Invitational Alumni Show,” Tulsa, OK
“Tulsa University Invitational Alumni Show,” Tulsa, OK
“Oklahoma Annual Painting and Sculpture Competition, Tulsa, OK
1974 “Watercolor U.S.A. Invitational,” Springfield, MO

Selected Bibliography
le Claire, Charles, Art of Watercolor, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY, 1994.

Watercolor 93: American Artist, February 1993, Cover illustration.

Relays, 1992, the Flint Institute, Flint, MI.

Young, Christopher R., New Horizons in American Realism, Flint Institute of Art, 1991.

le Claire, Charles, Color in Contemporary Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY, 1991.

Whittingham, Brandy-Arenz, P.S. Gordon: American Artist, May 1991.

Watercolor ’86, American Artist, January 1986, p.68, illustration.

P.S. Gordon: New Works on Paper, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK, 1985 (exhibition catalog).

le Claire, Charles, Art of Watercolor, Techniques and New Directions, Prentice Hall, 1985, illustration.

Bumpus, Judith, International Flower Painters Since 1945, Phaidon Press, London, 1986, illustration.

Leonard, Elizabeth, Painting Flowers, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY, 1986

Martin, Dr. Alvin, American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors, Abrams, New York, NY, 1985, illustration.

Watercolor U.S.A. 1983, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (exhibition catalog), p.10, illustration.

Arthur, John, American Realist Drawings and Watercolors, New York Graphics Society, Boston, MA, 1980, illustration.

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Southeast Banking Corporation, Miami, FL
Eastern Gas and Fuel Company, Boston, MA
The Williams Companies, Tulsa, OK
Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Resource Fuel and Pipeline Company, Tulsa, OK
Becton-Dickinson and Company, Paramus, NJ
Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, New York, NY
Haynes and Boone, Dallas, TX
Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
City of Tulsa, OK
The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
McNay Art Institute, Austin, TX
Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, Evansville, IN
Citgo, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Crane Carrier Inc., Tulsa, OK
Chalk & Vermillion Inc., Greenwich, CT
Chandler Frates & Reitz Insurance, Tulsa, OK

Selected Private Collections
Dr. and Mrs. Si Levitt, Tulsa, OK
Mrs. Mary E. Young, Santa Fe, NM
Ms. Gayna Billue Veltman, Tulsa, OK
Mrs. Sidney Francis, San Antonio, TX
Mrs. William C. Jannss, Sun Valley, ID
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Glass, Malibu, CA
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Caroll, New York, NY
Mr. Michael Berger, Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicoletta, Mahway, NJ
Mr. Howard A. Tullman, Chicago, IL
Mr. and Mrs. C.G. McCaslin, Jr., Dallas, TX
Mr. Keith Wellin, New York, NY
Dr. and Mrs. Floyd P. Miller, Tulsa, OK
Mr. Jack Allen, Tulsa, OK
Ms. Linda Allen, Tulsa, OK
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Koro, Tulsa, OK
Mrs. Roger Atwood, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Claybourne, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Miller, Palm Beach, FL
Mr. Arthur Smoote, Washington, DC
Ms. Joyce Creiger, Boston, MA
Mr. Gary Shiepline, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Todd C. Gordon, Boston, MA
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Robinson, Little Rock, AR
Mr. John Springer, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fields, Kansas City, MO
Mr. Stephen Alpert, Boston, MA
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maslow, Dallas, TX
Mrs. Charles Hatfield, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce G. Weber, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Robson, Dallas, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Brian O’Neill, Houston, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Neely, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Handler, Evanston, IL
Mr. Philip E. Boyd, Houston, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Josef Kline, Aspen, CO
Ms. Tina David, Tulsa, OK
Mr. Martin L. J. Newman, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. James Lustig, Englewood, CO
Mrs. Ray Siegfried, Indian Springs, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Meinig, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Leinbach, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Helm, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Goodall, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Jody Parker, Tulsa, OK

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