Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tokyo/NYC Collaboration

I'm so excited that my painting, "Swimmer," will be flying to Japan for the Tokyo/NYC Collaboration next month!  The show is curated by Lisa Benson and Japanese curator Reno Oka and will be held at the Kamakura Gallery near Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 30. 2014 till Feb. 4th, 2014. I'm so excited to be showing in Japan!  I wish I was going to be going to the show!  I know a couple people in Japan, I'll have to see if they live close enough to go :-)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

On Dacia Gallery's Website!

My work is now on the Dacia Gallery website!  It's such an honour to be showing with a gallery in New York that represents amazing artists such as Patricia Watwood, Max Ginsburg, Daniel Maidman and many others! Check out the available paintings they have of mine on their website HERE!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dacia Times Square Art Show

Here are a few photos from the Dacia Times Square Art Show!  It was such a great evening and I was so honored to be a part of it!

With Lee Vasu, owner of Dacia Gallery, in front of my work

With Lee Vasu, owner of Dacia Gallery

Mythology and Folklore Show in Brooklyn

It is such an honor to have two paintings included among this amazing group of artists at Big Irv's Gallery in Brooklyn!  Jacob Hicks has curated this wonderful exhibition which includes many of my fellow artists from The New York Academy of Art.

"Swimmer," oil on canvas, 8"x10"

"The Unicorn," oil on canvas, 11"x14"

Friday, December 6, 2013

Celebration of Canadian Whiskies at the Canadian Consulate in New York

One of my paintings was included in an exhibition at a Celebration of Canadian Whiskies held at the Canadian Consulate in New York. It was a wonderful evening of art, whiskey tasting, and drinks mixed by Jim Meehan, a New York mixologist from Death & Co.  The art exhibition was comprised of work by New York Academy of Art alumni.

"My Bright Abyss" hanging at the Canadian Consulate in NYC

Me and Gaetanne Lavoie's paintings hung by the main bar

There was even an ice sculpture!

The famous mixologist in front of
Gaetanne Lavoie's painting

The Drink Menu

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Workshops in British-Columbia

I'm teaching a few painting workshops in BC this winter, in Lake Country, Nelson and Penticton.  Here are some photos from the first workshops.  Everyone did such a great job! I'm excited to start the next one on December 26th in my hometown, Nelson!

Day 1 of the portrait painting from a live model workshop

The painting from a photo workshop in Lake Country
Painting from a live model with a limited palette in Lake Country
Portrait painting from a live model with a limited palette in Nelson

Monday, December 2, 2013

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant!!!

I am so incredibly excited and grateful to have received another ELIZABETH GREENSHIELDS FOUNDATION GRANT!!!! I admire this foundation so much for their ongoing international support of representational figurative artists and it means so much to me to have their support. I have received funding to remain in New York for another year, as I develop a body of paintings for an upcoming show here (which I will give you more details about in the future).  I am so excited. Best Day Everrr!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

My painting, "Self-Portrait with Batman," is printed in the December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.  A huge thank you to Peter Trippi, the editor of the magazine, who wrote the article "Artists marking Their Mark" in which my work is featured. I feel so honored to be in such amazing company. To view a larger image of this write-up, you can go to the PRESS PAGE on my website and click the Fine Art Connoisseur link, or pick up you own copy which is in the stands now!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dacia Times Square Art Show

I'm excited to have a number of paintings included in the Dacia Times Square Art Show this Saturday, November 9th from 2:00pm to midnight!  If you're in New York I hope to see you there!
"The Unicorn," oil on canvas, 11"x14"  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Kingston Prize

This past weekend I was in Calgary for The Kingston Prize Exhibition and Awards Ceremony.  It was held at The Art Gallery of Calgary on Nov 1st, and it was great to see all the other paintings included in the show!  Here are some photos from the evening!
My painting "Seeing Myself Through the Fog of Misperception"

Julian Brown, co-founder of The Kingston Prize (left) and Alberta's 
 Lieutenant-Governor Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell 
(right) announce Richard Davis as the winner of The Kingston Prize

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Catalogue from "Beautiful and Dangerous"

Check out the catalogue that Cube Gallery put together for my solo exhibition "Beautiful and Dangerous!  You can preview the whole thing online HERE.  I think they did a great job! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Article about my Solo Exhibition in the Charlatan

Check out the sweet article in The Charlatan by Patrick Butler about my solo show that's on now at Cube Gallery though October 13.  He describes me in the same way that my grade two teacher described me in my grade two report card - as "bubbly." :-)  Thank you Patrick for the wonderful article!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Portrait Painting from a Photo Workshop

Limited to 10 participants!
Location: The Art House (an extension of the Lake Country Art Gallery),
10356 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, British-Columbia 
Dates: November 27, 28, 29, 2013
10:00am to 4:00om - $300

This new three-day portrait painting from photos workshop is designed to help students learn how to work from photographic reference while still achieving the appeal of a painting done from a live model. It would be wonderful if we could always paint from live models, but the reality is that for various reasons ranging from economic, to the desire to paint complex expressions, or children (who will never sit still long enough) most artists must work from photos to some degree.  The trick is to know how to interpret the photo and to know what information from it to use and what to omit.  To do this the artist draws on knowledge and experience gained from working with live models, and an understanding of the limitations and pitfalls of working from photos.  For best results it is suggested that students take a workshop where we paint from the live model prior to this workshop. 

We will be working with a full palette in this class, which provide the full range of colours, allowing students to paint any colour combinations they desire. This workshop will address the stages to developing a painting including underpainting, then big form modeling, defining the planes of the face and features, and finally glazing to fine-tune the details. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones and render textures like cloth and hair. 
Once registered participants will be emailed directions on how to select a good photo to work from.  Students are asked to select three photos they would like to paint, based on the guidelines, and email them to me before the class begins so I can help them select the best one.
For more information and to reserve your space please email Bev Gordon at

Figure Painting Workshop

Limited to 8 participants! 
Location: The Art House (an extension of the Lake Country Art Gallery), 10356 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, BC 
Dates: November 24, 25, 26, 2013
10:00am to 4:00om - $300 plus model fee

This three-day figure painting workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting the figure in oils. We will be using a limited palette, which provides a full range of colours while maintaining colour harmony.

The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model. There will be a single, sustained pose throughout the workshop, and students will complete one painting over the course of the three days. This will allow students to explore the stages to developing a painting. We will begin by discussing comparative measuring, to get accurate proportions in the underpainting.  Then we will move to colour and concentrate on big form modeling, next we define the planes of the face and features, and finally glaze to fine-tune the details. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones and render textures like cloth and hair. 

Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel. Class sizes will be kept small to maximize individual instruction. Discussions will include comparative measuring, proportion and structure of the head, stages to developing a painting, as well as form, value, edges, balance, unity, light and modeling with colour temperature.

For more information and to reserve your space please email Bev Gordon at
Here's a photo from the last workshop in Lake Country.  Everyone did such a great job!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Article in Fine Art Today

Check out the article on my solo show at Cube Gallery in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine! A huge thank you to Peter Trippi for the wonderful write-up!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Article in the Ottawa Citizen

Check out this sweetest article ever written by Peter Simpson in the OTTAWA CITIZEN about my show that's on now at Cube Gallery!  It made the front page of the Ottawa Citizen!  Me and Stephen Harper!

Dacia Gallery 3 Year Anniversary Exhibition & Celebration

I am delighted to announce that two of my latest paintings, "Submerged" and "Swimmer," will be included in Dacia Gallery's 3 year Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration.  This wonderful gallery in the lower east side of New York has been representing cutting edge figurative art for three years now, and I am so honoured to be included among the amazing artists they have selected for this show.  I will unfortunately not be able to attend the opening reception, as I will be up in Ottawa that day for the opening of my solo exhibition at Cube Gallery in Ottawa, however if you are in New York, this is an evening not to miss!  It will be a wonderful celebration filled with amazing art and artists at a gallery I admire so much.  I hope you can join in their celebration of three years of representing top-notch art!
"Submerged," oil on canvas, 8"x10"

"Swimmer," oil on canvas, 8"x 10"

Dacia Gallery 3 Year Anniversary 
Exhibition & Celebration

Group Exhibition
September 19 to October 18, 2013

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists
Gloria Adams, Janet Cook, Diana Corvelle, Andrew Conklin, 
David DeSimone, Stephen Early, Jennifer Gennari, 
Kristy Gordon, Travis Little, Thomas Legaspi, 
Daniel Maidman, Emily Minnie, Heather Morgan, 
Jeff Newman, Victoria Selbach and Patricia Watwood.

My Solo at Cube Gallery is Open

My solo exhibition at Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Canada) officially opened today!  The vernissage is this Thursday (September 19th) from  6 to 9 pm.  I'm on my way up to Ottawa right now for the show!  I hope to see you Thursday!  Here are a few more images of pieces that will be included in the exhibition.

"Narrative in Black and White," charcoal on paper, 60"x 78"
"Glowing Jellyfish," oil on linen, 16"x 20"

"Self-Portrait with Batman," oil on canvas, 48"x 36"

Monday, September 2, 2013

Painting at Get Fresh

A couple weeks ago I joined my pals - fellow artists and visionaries, Chris Wise, Shapri and Sam Del Pilar in the park for a fitness day, 'Get Fresh,' that brought together a wonderful community of people focused on healthy living and enjoying life.  I brought along my painting box and to my surprise felt  comfortable setting up right there in the middle of the basketball court.  I was inspired by the collective of amazing people and was drawn to a line of people intently focussed on a basketball game.  Pretty soon a few totally amazing kids came along and wanted to paint with me and I was swooped into having the best time ever painting with these kids.  Here is the completed painting as well as a few photos from that day.

"Soul Possy,: oil on linen, 6"x 12," 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Solo Show at Cube Gallery Opening Sept 19th

My solo show opens this month at Cube Gallery in Ottawa!  It runs from September 17th to October 13th with a vernissage on Thursday, September 19th from 6 to 9pm.  I'll be flying in from New York to be in attendance, so I hope to see you there!

Here's a brief write-up about the show:

"Kristy Gordon is an internationally-recognized Canadian artist. At the age of 33, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Her oil paintings can be found in collections and galleries around the world.

In 2013 she successfully finished her Masters in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art. Kristy Gordon’s work is a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people,  transformations and self-discovery. Her oeuvre ranges from portraits and self-portraits to experimental paintings that demonstrate a surprising maturity and skill for such a young artist.

In her new show here at Cube, Kristy introduces the Canadian public to examples of work done during her recent studies in New York City. "Explosion" and "JellyFish" are two works that best describe her recent growth: explosive, amplified, narrative and monumental; but still very personal, intimate and sensitive."

"Jellyfish," 48"x 60," oil on canvas, 2013

For more images of paintings included in the show and for more information CLICK HERE.

"Descension," 24"x 20," oil on linen, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dacia Universal Art Project in Germany

The Dacia Universal Art Project opened in Germany today!  Check out THIS VIDEO to see images of some of the paintings included in the show as well as an interview (in German) about the exhibition! I wish I could understand what they are saying.  I almost think I heard them say my name but I could be wrong. I'm excited that my painting ended up in the video thumbnail though (it's the one in the center, of the person falling in water and is entitled "The Descent."