Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003)

Gordon Onslow Ford was one of the last surviving members of the 1930s Paris surrealist group. His work was inspired by the abstract approaches to surrealist painting and by artists like Joan Miro, Andre Masson and Andre Breton. In the early 1950's Onslow Ford was introduced to Asian philosophy and studied Hinduism. This entrance into Asian thought and practice had a profound influence on his paintings. For more than six decades he continued to make paintings in which loopy lines, organic shapes and glowing spaces created the impression of visionary mindscapes. With their layered patterns and luminous colors, his canvases had a cheerful decorative appeal and a spiritual.

In the late 1940s, Onslow Ford was invited to give a retrospective exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art and another at the Oakland Museum of California in 1978. In 1996, he received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts the year after a retrospective exhibition at JFK University in Berkeley. Onslow Ford’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Britain, the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others. 


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Teacher Tree 1980
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper
22 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches
















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