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Kristy Gordon, “Liminality,” 2019, oil on canvas, 52 x 64 in.

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, narrative painter Kristy Gordon.

Born in 1980, Kristy Gordon grew up in Nelson, a heritage city located in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2013.

Kristy has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and China at venues including the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, the National Academy Museum, NYC, and Flowers Gallery, NYC.

A three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Kristy has won numerous awards, including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America and Best of Show in the National Art Premier at Elmhurst Art Museum. She has received residencies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Shanghai University, OCAD University Florence, Italy, and has apprenticed with Odd Nerdrum in Norway and France. Gordon’s work and art writing has been featured in publications including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Bravo!’s Star Portraits.

Kristy has taught drawing and painting classes internationally since 2008 at institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art, the National Academy (New York), the Academy of Realist Art (Ottawa and Boston), and Art Escape Italy (Florence). She has lectured and done painting demonstrations at China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Art of the Portrait in Washington, DC, and Take Home a Nude and Sotheby’s in New York City. Her paintings hang in more than 600 collections worldwide, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, the Clearing House (NYC), and Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History.

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Kristy Gordon, “The Noble Lie,” 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.

“While fantastical, the environs I depict are not purely imaginary — they stage a return of the repressed.”

Kristy Gordon, “The Cosmic Lotus,” 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 96 in.
Kristy Gordon, “The Cosmic Lotus,” 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 96 in.

“I interweave motifs from disparate genres and time periods — from Old Master history painting to contemporary portraiture — to create temporally ambiguous settings for strange and surprising interactions among people, animals, and hybrid creatures.”

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