Jerry Gordon Biography
Born in the baby boom period of 1955, this was the best of times in Fleetwood, a Lancashire fishing town also booming. My dad, Douglas, had two careers, a Fleetwood fish filleter, and a musician. He liked drawing people too. His encouragement showed at school, I came top in art throughout my school days. School reports, though musty, still cherished. Gained ‘O’ Levels in art & technical drawing. Art college and a career in technical illustration thought likely. My dad passed suddenly. I went to work in a nearby chemical factory to earn money.
Into my 20s marriage to school-day sweetheart. Then separation as I left the Fylde coast to embark on a social work career and to qualify went to the University of Manchester. Made a painting studio in the back room of an affordable, (at that time), terraced house in Rusholme. On qualifying I worked for Birmingham and then Liverpool children's services.
In my 30s I took time off social work to travel, and made drawings of sacred sites from around the world. Life-drawing classes in Birmingham (Acocks Green college) then Liverpool at the university ‘free’ classes too. A sabbatical from social work to paint in studio in Palamos Catalunia, 8months, and then 4months in the Lake District.
Back to social work only to resign again, this time to the south Pacific, and to create a portrait of the infamous 18th century Mutineer, Fletcher Christian. This project went ‘viral’ in 1994 with both national and worldwide interest. Several art exhibitions ensued.
In my 40s - yet more world travel and painting of Sacred sites, then set up a studio in Wembley. Study at the University of London, Birkbeck College, I completed a 4year Art History degree also attending two summer schools at the Slade School of Art.
By my 50s, career painting sales totalled 120. But, now a dad of two children a resumption of social work to gain a more certain regular monthly income to fund family life. More separation, more world travel on arts projects including a Saharan 'road' trip for charity to Timbuktu, then climbing Mount Kenya. Many paintings followed while in Studio for two years at Hope Mill arts community, Ancoats, Manchester.
My 60s - studio at home painting my Rusholme neighbourhood - red brick houses! I have written an autobiography about the effort of trying to be an artist. ‘Manchester My Home’ and this was published this year of 2020, it’s available on Amazon.
My paintings are in public collections such as Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery, Blackpool Grundy Art Gallery, and on loan to Oldham Council Library and life-long learning dept, University of London, Birkbeck College Art History dept, Homerton University Hospital, Hackney.
Over a 100 paintings in private collections such as the Cadogan family London, the Thomas-Davies family Buckinghamshire, the Khalsa family Hampshire, and Mr T. Morris of Albert Dock Liverpool. Sold at Bonham’s in 1996 an oil painting ‘Moonlit Bounty Bay’.
Recent providence and meeting my namesake, Gordon Farmer, who is representing me at his gallery, De Lacey Fine Art, in the centre of Manchester.