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Artist Statement and Biography

My relationship to nature is a meditation on form, light, texture and a sense of place.  To appreciate life is to see that these must function together to have balance and connection. My global view abstracts from the natural world an impression of reality that has a pre-industrial sensibility coded within it. My technical process is about self discovery, pregnant with a sense of time as integral to history, the vital DNA of the intuitive. By using thick impasto texture material, I bring the paint into the viewers’ physical space. Ultimately it has the primordial and archaeological effect of unearthing my poetic process. In this state of mind, I escape to my “Paradise” which is wherever I create it, to be renewed, whether at home, or while traveling to foreign destinations.  This approach gives me the option to express myself flexibly in an abstracted or naturalist vernacular. While I use regional themes, honoring a sense of the place in which I live, I don’t like to limit myself to any one place, and consider myself to be a citizen of the world.

Acrylics and watercolors are my tools to explore these poetic relationships through a personal calligraphy of intuitive vibrating line and color, describing all things luminous. My dreamscapes are based loosely on the world I see using thick impasto texture, sculpting and imbedding color, adding layers of wet saturated color washes, adding then subtracting to create pentimento effects of time. I write as all artists before me, on an ancient cosmological tablet, to map an ultimately illusive internal cosmos.

Gordon Meggison was born in Tampa, Florida in 1954. He lived in Japan and attended St. Josephs Academy from 1963-1968. This was followed by three years in Maine where he graduated from Sumner High School. Gordon returned to Florida in 1971 where he studied art at Jacksonville University. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, and attributes his wide range of artistic interests to these many international influences.

Gordon has had multiple solo exhibitions in the United States, and Nantes, France in 1992 (French Light-Florida Light) which featured his plein aire watercolors painted throughout Florida and France. A corresponding show was held at the San Marco Little Theatre, where he had also painted the murals decorating the interior.

General Mills hired Gordon to paint 70 murals in many Olive Garden Restaurants located in major cities such as New York , Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and others all over the United States. A large mural of his work is installed in the Indiana Dunes State Park, featuring detailed renderings of 60 animals and their habitats in that park ecosystem. Gordon has painted murals for homes all over the United States to include New York, Colorado, Texas, Puerto Rico, and his fine artwork and canvas murals have been placed in countries such as the Philippines, Japan, the Cayman Islands, Canada, and Panama.

Symphony Designer Show Houses regularly feature rooms with Gordons unique textured sculpted wall treatments and classic murals. Several murals and treatments have been highlighted in related publications, such as Florida Times Union, Florida Design Magazine, Folio and Waters Edge Magazine, Atlanta Constitution, Amelia Islander, and Arbus Magazine, Debretts International Collection, Jacksonville Magazine. Gordon has appeared on television shows, including the Lynette Jennings Show on the Discovery Channel, local television stations, PBS radio, and newspaper articles in Florida, Holland and France. Gordon lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Kathy.

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