Mill Fine Art Presents the Collected Works of Gordon Mansell
With the sweep of his brush and a palette of color, Gordon Mansell evokes a landscape in its most fundamental form. His work captures not just the look of the land but its very essence. The warmth of sunlight is brilliantly conveyed with a dapple of yellow, the feel of a dewy morning in the English countryside articulated with a wisp of blue.
We are thrilled to present the fruits of a lifetime of artistic production by Gordon Mansell at the gallery. Pulling from 64 years of drawings, paintings, and watercolors, Culmination reveals Gordon’s artistic career in full, highlighting the depth and range and of his work.
The Evolution of the Artist
Gordon’s fondness for nature and the outdoors, formed early on in life while exploring the English countryside, has always informed his work. Every painting is an ode to the beauty of the natural world.
After studying art for several years, he left the university setting in the 1950s to instruct mountaineering at the National Climbing School in Wales. He later moved to the United States, where he held positions at several schools, including Denver University and the University of New Mexico.
Most well known for his large abstract canvases, Gordon also works in printmaking, drawing and watercolor, lending each medium his own distinctive style. He paints in the style of Bolton Coit Brown, George Bellows, Frank Mechau, and Rockwell Kent. It is with the touch of a true technical master that he presents the drama of his own world.
Many of Gordon’s watercolors and paintings were never intended for exhibition. Rather they served as opportunities for him to explore spontaneous scenes and ideas he came across in his travels.
“With a small box of watercolors, sketchbook, and prepared paper carried in a rucksack, it was possible to document the places of special interest to me,” he says. “These small paintings have been made in all kinds of conditions—broiling heat, icy rain, sometimes using the roof of a car as a work table or sitting on a comfortable boulder.”
The Culmination of a Career
Today Gordon’s work is in private, corporate, and public collections across the country, including the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts and the Denver Art Museum.
His paintings will be on display at the gallery throughout the spring and summer seasons. We invite you to stop in and experience the full breadth of this master painter’s lifetime of work.
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