Steven Gordon started drawing at a young age and with
the encouragement of his teachers and family, pursued a future as an artist. After high school, Gordon enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received his Bachelor degree in Art in 1973. He went on to graduate study at Washington University in St. Louis and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 1976. During the late 1970‘s Gordon took inspiration from his local surroundings, painting everyday objects, people and street scenes. His photo-realistic paintings revealed his perspective on how things look to him, the color and the light of a commonplace scene. In 1977, Gordon came west to settle in the Napa Valley but before being able to open his own studio and gallery, he started a job with Domaine
Chandon winery. He had yearly showings of his work at the winery which enabled the artist and his wife to travel annually to Europe for a month to study various museum and gallery collections. Certain insights were gained during these travels, but it was the unique character of the landscape of California that encouraged the artist to develop artistically, transforming his own singular imagery into a personal translation of the natural world around him.
“My paintings are an attempt to translate the dynamic, the
lyrical, the real and the abstract qualities of our environment that I observe in the unending variety of shapes, colors and textures found in the landscape.” After a number of years showing and selling his work in galleries across the country, Gordon opened his own exhibit space, The Gordon Gallery, in Yountville in the heart of Napa Valley in 1996. For nearly 20 years his combined public gallery/studio space offered his oil and pastel paintings and limited edition giclée prints and gave the public the opportunity to view both completed paintings and current works in progress. He currently works out of his studio located in the Old Town section of downtown Napa. Gordon’s images have been exhibited in galleries from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Chicago and New York. The artist’s work has also been shown at the Members’ Galleries of the Philadelphia and Delaware Art Museums, the Oakland Museum and at the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York. His pastel and oil paintings are represented in private and corporate collections worldwide and have been exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows.