Findlay Galleries Announces Gordon Onslow Ford Exhibition

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  • November 01, 2022

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Gordon Onslow Ford | Untitled (1013), c.1950 | casein on mulberry paper mounted on canvas | 36 x 71 in. | FG© 140183
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NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2022/ -- Findlay Galleries is pleased to announce the November 14, 2022 opening of British-born American painter Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003). Onslow Ford was an important bridge between the Parisian Surrealists and the Abstract Expressionists, a co-founder of the Dynaton Movement, and ultimately the creator of the Lucid Art Movement.

Titled Gordon Onslow Ford, the exhibition offers a broad survey of the artist’s works from the 1940s to the artist’s death in 2003. Over the course of his long career, Onslow Ford’s work evolved from the earthly, into the cosmic.

Gordon Onslow Ford | Honey Bee Space, 1989 | acrylic on canvas mounted on canvas | 44 1/8 x 58 in. | FG© 140197
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In 1942 Onslow Ford lectured on Surrealism in New York City at the New School for Social Research. Audience members included Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.  In the following years his work transitioned to more studied, measured map-like compositions, and in 1943 he “resigned” from the Surrealists in a letter to founder and friend Andre Breton.

In 1948 and 1951, Onslow Ford exhibited new works in two shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art: first a solo show and then in the landmark Dynaton exhibition with Wolfgang Paalen and Lee Mullican.

New friendships were formed in the 1950s with Jack Wright and Fritz Rauh, who shared his vision of Lucid Art – defined by Fariba Bogzaran, Co-founder and President of the Lucid Art Foundation, as “a convergence of the universal creative force expressed in a work of art that elicits in the viewer aspects of the inner worlds.”

Findlay Galleries Chairman and CEO James Borynack noted, “this exhibition in New York, timed with our Palm Beach exhibition of Onslow Ford’s friend and contemporary, Fritz Rauh, is testament to our continued commitment to the Lucid Art movement, as well as other important movements that emanated from California."

Gordon Onslow Ford | N Space 3, 1966 | liquitex on paper mounted on canvas | 38 5/8 x 49 5/8 in. | FG© 140191
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Onslow Ford’s work is in the permanent collections of important museums worldwide including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Tate Gallery, among many others.

Gordon Onslow Ford opens November 14th at Findlay Galleries, New York.


About Findlay Galleries         

Celebrating 152 years in business, Findlay Galleries is an iconic family business founded in 1870. Specializing in Impressionism, European Modernism, l'Ecole de Rouen, L'Ecole de Paris, and 20th Century American Art, the gallery represents over 100 artists and artist estates.

Called Wally Findlay Galleries since 1965, the business was acquired in 1998 by James R. Borynack, a longtime Findlay executive. In 2016, Borynack acquired the David Findlay Jr. Gallery. Since then, the merged business has operated under its original name from 1870, Findlay Galleries

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Findlay Galleries
(212) 421-5390

Findlay Galleries
32 East 57th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York
(212) 421-5390

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