Many of you will remember the distinctive work of Gordon Smedt, a popular Bay Area artist who showed with me in the San Francisco and Los Gatos Tercera galleries.  Direct in his choice of subject as well as execution of work, Gordon makes extraordinary paintings from ordinary objects.  With our ever-shrinking world his depictions of American Heritage have transcended the national marketplace, proving to be a language without borders.   Gordon is on the move.

Bike Seat, 2007, oil on canvas, 36” x 55”

Pop Art, 2010, oil on canvas, 60” x 67”

Gordon is drawn to shoes of any kind but is famous for his paintings of sneakers. This passion documents a slice of youth that for many of us has gone by but will remain a vivid memory.

Weathered, 2010, oil on canvas, 34” x 48”

Sisters, 2010, oil on canvas, 54” x 72”

Although Dollar is from 1995, it’s certainly timely in it’s crumpled state. It doesn’t buy much anymore but “a dollar is still a dollar”.  Not an original line but a message that seems to resonate in Gordon’s work; “no matter what, you can find a thread of value in nearly anything”.  Perhaps not in monetary terms but in its history and the story it tells.  This is what Gordon Smedt paints; every day objects that in real life seem mundane but when painted with verve, once again come to life.

Dollar, 1995, oil on canvas, 62” x 64”

If you’re interested in Gordon’s work or a soft cover book, let me know.  Shoot me an email seb@hamamjianmodern.com or give me a call 415-290-5220.

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Seb

P.S.    the painting at the very top is a cropped version of “Fetch”, a painting of Gordon’s very special dog Bogey, who his Mother gave to him upon his graduation from art school.  He did it for a 2001 show I had in San Francisco entitled “For the Love of Dogs”.

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