Kevin Gordon

Kevin’s inspiration for his intricately carved layered glass vessels is found in the underlying mathematical formulas found in nature.

Born in Norway in 1968, Kevin emigrated to Scotland and then to Australia in 1980. His skills in working with glass developed through the influence of his parents, Rish and Alasdair Gordon, both leading glass engravers of international standing.

He exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at high profile exhibitions such as Collect London and SOFA Chicago. He has won many major art prizes and his work resides in acclaimed private and public collections throughout the world. Some of these include The National Gallery Collection, The Western Australian Gallery Collection, The National Art Gallery Scotland and The National Art Glass Collection Wagga Wagga.

“In the design process I look at how nature evolves, and  the underlying logic and formulas that create nature’s designs.  Not to imitate but to see how it is formed. I use this by breaking down the image to the basic elements or fractals which repeat in a form of mathematical formula that build up to make the whole design. I challenge myself in creating these patterns and transposing them onto the layered glass surface,  pushing the boundaries with the skills I have developed in the cold working process to exhibit and expose the many qualities of glass.  I work in conjunction with other skilful artists with the hot glass and its many applied processes to finally achieve my finished works. “

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS (abridged)

2016
Illumination glass award, Winner – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Vic, Aus

2014, 15
S.O.F.A Chicago represent by Kirra Galleries, Chicago USA

2014
Flair Ausglass exhibition, Perth West Aust.

2014, 15
Illumination glass award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Vic, Aus

2013
The third Dimension – Masters in Carved and etched Glass, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Aus

2012
Occidental Canberra Glass Works, ACT Aus
Masters 2012, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney NSW

2011
Translucence-contemporary glass West Australian Art Gallery
Out of the West, National Gallery of Australia, Australia
A Passion for Glass National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh UK
Shadows in Glass, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW Aust.

2008,11,14,16
Tom Malone finalist, West Australia Sate Art Gallery, Aus

2009
Art of Glass 2 Chrysler Museum and Contemporary Art Centre Virginia, USA

2009,10,11
Collect represented by Glass Artist Gallery Saatchi Gallery, London  UK

2009
Systema Naturae II Solo show Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

2008
Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass Steninge Palace, Sweden
Systema Naturae Solo show Form Gallery, Perth West Australia

2006-08
Art London 06, 07, 08 represented by Glass Artist Gallery Chelsea, UK

2001-03,08
S.O.F.A. Art Trade Fair represented by Glass Artist Gallery, Chicago USA

2007
Masters 07, Sabbia Glass Gallery, Sydney Aus

1996-2005,07,10
Ranamok Glass Awards, Finalist Touring Exhibition Aus

2006
Gordon Family Exhibition Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Vic, Aus
Australians in Glass Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Artsin 06 represented by Gaffer Glass Gallery, Singapore
Mastery Gaffer Glass Gallery Hong Kong, China
Art Taipei represented by Glass Artist Gallery, Taiwan
Australian Visions on Glass Leerdam Glass Gallery, Holland

2005
Transformations: the Language of craft National Gallery of Australia, Australia
Cutting Edge Touring Exhibition of Australian Cold worked Glass, Australia
Best Artists Leerdam Glass Gallery, Holland
Origins Glass Artist Gallery, Sydney, Aust.
Tuscany Art Fair Florence, Italy
Contemporary Aust. Studio Glass Exhibition Gaffer Glass Gallery. Hong Kong, Singapore
Collect represented by Glass Artist Gallery Victorian and Albert Museum London UK

2004
Kevin Gordon Solo Show Axia Modern Art Melbourne, Vic
Collect represented by Glass Artist Gallery Victorian and Albert Museum London UK

2003
Gordon Family Exhibition Kirra Galleries Melbourne, Vic, Aust.
Hot Glass Show Axia Modern Art Armadale, Vic.
City of Hobart Art Prize Hobart, Tasmania

2001,03
Members Exhibition Ausglass Conference
Glass weekend 01and 03 Wheaten village, Millville, NJ USA

2002
Kevin Gordon and David Hay Leerdam Glass Gallerie, Holland
Facets of Australian Glass

2001
The Cutting Edge Axia Modern Art Melbourne Vic.

2001-02
Transparent Things, Expressions in Glass National Gallery of Aust. travelling Exbt. Aus

2000
Perth Craft Awards Craft West Gallery, Perth WA

1999
Australian Glass Exhibition, Lisbon Portugal

Collections, Awards, Publications

2015
8 works National glass collection, Wagga Wagga, Australia

2012
Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 publication Toledo Museum of Art’s book USA

2009
Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Springs, California USA
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole (Private Collection). London. GB, collection now in National Art Gallery of Scotland

2008
Article in Craft Arts International full article issue 72
Insite scoop Arts Magazine full article issue 18

2008, 10 2008
Hamilton Art Gallery collection 2 works Hamilton, Vic. Australia
Tom Malone Glass Award winner Aust.

2008
Westfarmers Art Collection Aust.
Art Gallery of West Australia 2 works Aust.

2007
Sir Elton John Glass Collection 5 works USA

2006
The Mobile Museum USA
Techniques of Glass Engraving Peter Dreiser Publication in book London UK
Mid Career Fellowship Grant Arts WA

2005
Australian Glass Today Publication in book Australia

2000,03,10
4 People’s Choice Awards Ranamok Glass Awards

2003
People’s Choice Award City of Hobart Art Prize

2002
Article in Craft Arts International cover imag issue 56

1999
Contemporary engraved glass Publication in book London UK

2001, 08
Australian National Art Gallery Collection 2 works Canberra A.C.T

2001
Armadale New Community Hospital large architectural glass art installation (W.A.)

1997, 09
Australian National Glass Collection 2 works Wagga Wagga (N.S.W.)

1997
Devonport gallery Glass Collection Devonport (Tas.)

1996
Latrobe Valley Glass Collection Latrobe University (Vic.)

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