David Gordon

About the artist

D.S. Gordon received a BA in Anthropology from UCLA and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. He later studied painting at the École des Beaux Arts in Bourges, France. After leaving school he traveled across Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal, painting small murals. In 1983 he worked as an assistant to Terry Schoonhoven on his Los Angeles Olympics mural, and in 1984 was commissioned to paint an 8,400 square foot retaining wall on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA.

He has designed and painted 60 site-specific murals throughout the US, including 4 artworks for the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, and two walls inside the Visitors Center on Independence Mall. In 2003 he was invited to paint a mural during the Festival International des Arts Plastiques in Mahares, Tunisia. For the past several years he has had the opportunity to produce murals locally in Sebastopol, Sonoma, Occidental, and Boyes Hot Springs.

His studio work consists of smaller paintings on canvas. One series of work is his “Horizon” series, paintings on canvas using acrylics and tar, with a defined horizon line influenced by living in West Sonoma County. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for a series he created of images of two large heads facing off across a table.