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Ted Gordon

Born 1924

obsessive drawing by Ted GordonTed Gordon was born in Kentucky in 1924. He attended high school in New York, then moved to San Francisco where he married and graduated from San Francisco State College. Until his retirement in 1987, Gordon was employed as a mental health worker in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Gordon’s art is self-taught. Whether large or small, his detailed, obsessive drawings of male faces are often thought to be “self-portraits.” The linear patterns are deeply pressed into the surface with ball point pen, then accented with brightly colored markers on the cardboard dividers salvaged from boxes of x-ray film used in the hospitals in which he worked.

His work has been shown extensively in the United States and Europe; and is included in many collections such as Le Musee de l'Art Brut, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the Museum of American Folk Art, the American Visionary Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2000, the Folk Art Society of America honored him with its "Award of Distinction for a Folk Artist."


[ Works by this artist range in price from $400 to $750 ]