February 5, 2014
Brilliant Reflections: People and Places—The Art of Floyd Gordon
Exhibition Opening/Reception/Book Signing: “Brilliant Reflections: People and Places—The Art of Floyd Gordon opens at the Avery Research Center, Cox Gallery on February 5, 2014. The exhibition will include fourteen original acrylic on canvas works of art. Exhibition on view through April 30, 2014.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Floyd Gordon has the ability to put his stories in pictures and detail them with such brilliant colors that his artwork adorns galleries, homes, and businesses around the world. The proud son of a Rowesville, South Carolina sharecropper and one of thirteen children, many of Gordon’s “picture stories” go back to his childhood growing up in rural South Carolina. When he was in the seventh grade, Gordon sold his first painting; and since then, his artwork has been collected by the rich and famous, and by the plain and ordinary as well. His talent enabled him to attend Claflin University and be mentored by Claflin University Art Professor Arthur Rose, who Gordon says, taught him more about life than about art. Gordon eventually became one of the school’s most successful graduates and was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, an honor he shares with leaders from many walks of life, including the late Reverend
Ralph David Abernathy.
Gordon exhibits his works at some of the most prestigious cultural events, like Charleston’s Annual Spoleto Festival. However, he also regularly frequents the Gin Show and the Southern Cotton Growers and Southeastern Cotton Ginners meeting (Southern-Southeastern). No matter how formal or how simple, he talks about his paintings and his life, two gifts that have endeared him to friends and admirers in virtually every walk of American life.