Jesus Piece - Self Portrait at 27
Sept. 18, 2012
-- New Haven, CT - Artist Gordon Skinner aptly describes his artwork as “Integrity Art” - “Art that is real,honest, and promotes creative consistency.”
His solo show at the Da Silva Gallery in New Haven - “HardWorks - The Artwork of Gordon Skinner,” runs from September 20 to October 19. The title, a double entendre of sorts, describes Skinner’s collection of paintings comprised primarily of organic portraits that are given expression through the use of bold color, spontaneous brushwork, and a world of hard-edged personal history. In the mask-like visages that Skinner paints, lie revelations that are both personal and universal. They’re reflections that confront some of the hard realities and pressing issues that exist all around us - but do not always press us to action.As an artist, Skinner’s work is also reminiscent of a tradition and movement known as “Blues Impulse”.This tradition follows a long list of artists of various mediums who have transformed their extenuating circumstances and hardships into extraordinary levels of visual content and artistic expression. This tradition is also highlighted in the personal expression of people who overcome adversity and express their stories through the oral tradition and the resilience in which they live their lives.“Hard Works” also touches on the work ethic required of the artist in creating a body of quality work, which in Skinner’s case, means working three jobs while simultaneously carving out time to paint. The result is not only an honest expression of an artist painting the world as he sees it, but also, by example encouraging others to work hard in pursuit of their life’s passions. In 2012 alone, Skinner has managed to generate the attention of the press surrounding his art. Having been featured as a guest on television programs CT Style and Better CT, featured articles by Hearst Publication and The New Haven Independent, having his work featured in The New York Times as well as being the subject of a final thesis paper for a Yale student.
Skinner’s work has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries in CT as well as NYC’s international annual Outsider Art Fair in Times Square. In addition to being the subject of a documentary by Take Notice Productions about his art, his paintings were also featured in a magazine photo shoot with celebrity fashion designers Coco and Breezy.