Fariba Bogzaran of Lucid Art Foundation, based in Inverness, discusses the life and work of Inverness painter Gordon Onslow Ford to celebrate a major retrospective monograph of his life and work, Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.
About Gordon Onslow Ford: Man on a Green Island
This substantial volume is the first major resource on the life and work of Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003), the British-born painter who was the youngest member of Andr Breton's surrealist group in Paris, and who spent more than 50 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Marked by an initial interest in automatist techniques, Onslow Ford's painting gradually developed through studies of Eastern philosophy, mysticism and ecology resulting in complex and varied works that incorporated cosmic charts and biomorphic abstraction.
In this superb publication, a series of thoroughly researched essays, previously unpublished archival material and over 200 color illustrations trace Onslow Ford's time spent in Paris, stints in New York and Mexico, culminating in his move in 1947 to the Bay Area. Organized and published by the Lucid Art Foundation (cofounded by Onslow Ford in 1998), this is a long-overdue and impressively executed survey.
About Gordon Onslow Ford
Born in England in 1912, Gordon Onslow Ford is noted for having been the youngest member of the pre-World War II, Paris-based surrealist group and for his lifelong pursuit of an independent path of discovery through his art. The trajectory of this pursuit led him from England to Paris, to New York as a wartime émigré, and then to a remote Tarascan village in Mexico. After the war he traveled up the Pacific west coast to San Francisco, eventually coming to rest on a hilltop in Inverness on the Point Reyes peninsula of California where he lived for fifty years until his death in 2003.