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"Introversions: An Exhibition of New Paintings by Gordon Fraser"
2008-02-09 until 2008-03-21
Grassroots Arts Facility
Jersey City, NJ, USA United States of America

Introversions, an exhibition of 15 major new egg tempera and oil paintings and 20 watercolors by Jersey City artist Gordon Fraser, opens at the Grassroots Arts Facility in Jersey City on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Introversions is representative of Gordon's recent work, and explore the fusion of eastern and western "old master" techniques with Gordon's post-Expressionist vision. All of the paintings in the exhibition take their inspiration from various forms of introspection, turned outward for the world to see; hence the title "Introversions." It is the artist's hope, in his words, that visitors will experience his paintings, "as if they were present with themselves, if only for a moment, in the way that they are present with their partners, a mountain vista, their own thoughts, or their own breath." Gordon Fraser has been a Portfolio Member at absolutearts.com since 2007.

Gordon Fraser was born in Boston, MA in December 1975. Shortly after, his family moved to Stamford, CT and then later to Princeton, NJ. Early on he wanted to be an architect and studied mechanical drawing and architectural drafting. Gordon went on to attend Kenyon College in Ohio where he studied comparative religion and Asian Languages and Cultures.

In 1996 Gordon traveled to India, Nepal, and Tibet, living in the Tibetan exile communities in Dharamsala, Katmandu, and Sikkhim. In India he was introduced to the Tibetan traditions of Thangka and mural painting, visiting many temples and monasteries throughout the region, photographing the historic wall paintings, learning the iconography, documenting the ongoing restoration work, and meeting many artists practicing the traditional Tibetan painting techniques. Eventually Gordon studied Thangka painting with Tibetan artist Tashi Palden.

In 2000, Gordon moved to New York City where he engaged in a rigorous study of artistic anatomy with William Weltman and figure drawing with Minerva Durham. He attended the Pratt Institute drawing, painting and printmaking. Gordon is a member of the Art Students League New York and has studied with abstract painter Frank O'Cain, learning many of the 14th and 15th century techniques of egg tempera and egg oil emulsions. He has also studied with Paul Ching-Bor, focusing on contemporary approaches to water-based media. In addition, Gordon has studied Japanese calligraphy with Kaz Tanahashi.

Currently, Gordon lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey. His works are exhibited in galleries in New York and New Jersey. He is part of an emerging group of international artists whose abstract works draw upon the global roots of painting, merging and fusing a diverse range of sources and traditions into an exciting contemporary abstract idiom.

About the Grassroots Arts Facility

Established in 2007, the Grassroots Arts Facility seeks to be the "new cultural hub in Jersey City." Incorporating approximately 10,000 square feet on four floors, the Grassroots Arts Facility is home to the Lex Leonard Gallery, Toy Eaters Studio and the Grassroots Boutique and Gallery.

View more of Gordon Fraser's work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/g/gfraser/

IMAGE
Gordon Fraser
Title: Tucked into her hair
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Other Painting
Width: 30 inches
Height: 36 inches
Price: US$ 585

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