Gordon Onslow Ford

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Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

32 East 57th, 2nd Floor, NY 10022, New York, United States
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Gordon Onslow Ford

to Fri 16 Dec 2022

32 East 57th, 2nd Floor, NY 10022 Gordon Onslow Ford

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Untitled, 1995

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
23 x 36 3/4 in.
FG© 140181

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Untitled, c.1980

Acrylic on paper
21 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.
FG© 140182

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Untitled (1013), c.1950

Casein on mulberry paper mounted on canvas
36 x 71 in.
FG© 140183

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Voyager in Space, 1975

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
51 1/4 x 39 in.
FG© 140185

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Untitled, 1994

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
15 1/2 x 20 5/8 in.
FG© 140184

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Eco Echo, 1996

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
56 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.
FG© 140188

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Once, 1998

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
28 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.
FG© 140192

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Flying In, 1980

Acrylic on paper
20 3/4 x 29 1/ 4 in.
FG© 140189

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Abstraction in Yellow, 1964

Casein on paper mounted on cardboard
22 1/4 x 30 in.
FG© 140186

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Cultivate, 1988

Acrylic on canvas
63 7/8 x 40 1/4 in.
FG© 140187

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Grass Leap, 1955

Casein on mulberry paper mounted canvas
24 3/4 x 39 7/8 in.
FG© 140190V

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N Space 3, 1966

Liquitex on paper mounted on canvas
38 5/8 x 49 5/8 in.
FG© 140191

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Space In Bloom, 1966

Acrylic on board
61 1/4 x 43 1/4 in.
FG© 140193

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Star and Being, 2002

Acrylic on paper mounted on linen
25 1/2 x 45 1/2 in.
FG© 140194

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Swarm of Hearts, c.1950

Casein on mulberry paper mounted on canvas
8 5/8 x 28 1/4 in.
FG© 140195

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Heaven is Earth, 1997

Acrylic on paper glued on canvas
50 x 37 1/2 in.
FG© 140196

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Honey Bee Space, 1989

Acrylic on canvas mounted on canvas
44 1/8 x 58 in.
FG© 140197

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In Inlanders, 1966

Acrylic on paper glued on canvas
25 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.
FG© 140198

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In The Light, 2002

Acrylic mounted on canvas
38 1/4 x 21 7/8 in.
FG© 140199

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Moon Growers, 1951

Gouache on paper
18 x 24 3/4 in.
FG© 140200

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Voyager in Wonder, 2002

Acrylic on paper and linen
31 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.
FG© 140201

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Voyagers, 1976

Acrylic on mulberry paper
24 1/2 x 36 in
FG© 140202

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Water World, 1956

Casein on mulberry mounted on linen
35 3/4 x 36 3/4 in.
FG© 140203

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British-born American painter Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003) was an important bridge between the Parisian Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements, exploring interests in spontaneous creation and metaphysical ideas like the collective unconscious.

After serving in the Royal Navy, Onslow Ford departed for Paris and worked briefly with André Lhote and Fernand Léger. Roberto Matta introduced him to André Breton, Max Ernst, and other Parisian Surrealists. During this period, Onslow Ford abandoned the pictorial images of his early work and embraced psychic automatism.

In 1941, he lectured on Surrealism at the New School for Social Research in New York. Audience members included Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. In the same year, he traveled to Mexico and lived among the Tarascan Indians until 1947. “Resigning” from Surrealism in 1943, his spontaneous gestures expanded first into more studied, map-like compositions. These eventually resolved into simple geometries that led him to an awareness of line, circle, and dot as the root forms of the universe.

Returning to San Francisco, Onslow Ford exhibited in two shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art. A solo show in 1949 was followed by his inclusion in the landmark Dynaton exhibition in 1951. In the following decades, his paintings were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Tate Gallery, Whitney Museum, and several other important institutions.

Over the course of his long career, Onslow Ford’s work evolved from the earthly into the cosmic. The outer becomes inner, as the constellations self-manifest in the shared consciousness, stopping briefly to mark the canvases of Gordon Onslow Ford.

Gordon Onslow Ford | Abstraction in Yellow, 1964 | casein on paper mounted on cardboard | 22 1/4 x 30 in. | FG© 140186

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