David Gordinier

“If I live to be 120, I still won’t have time to paint all the things I want to paint.” The artist describes his process as “finding opulent things in the mundane.” He says, “If I see something I like I’ll still paint it, whether it is something that will sell or not.”

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  • CalmBeforetheStorm_9x12
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  • CloudCover_ 16.5x18
  • DesertArroyo_ 17x20

David Gordinier

From: Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Medium: Oil paintings

David Gordinier is becoming known as a southwestern painter, but it may be more accurate to describe him as a realist and plein-air expressionist. Many of Gordinier’s landscapes capture the subject in the late afternoon or at sundown, when shadows are harsh, objects well-defined and colors heightened.

 

He has associated nature and the outdoors with the best moments of life ever since his boyhood days when his grandfather had taken him hunting and fishing. Gordinier is a man making up for lost time. He looks back on his early adult years as time squandered, when his dream of painting full-time seemed elusive. Like so many “transplants” he came to Arizona with a dream. He left Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after selling his business to finally pursue his passion for art. He acknowledges that the Southwest is a force to be reckoned with: “I was going to bring my own vision of the Southwest down here, but it’s had more of an effect on me than I’ve had on it.” Today he keeps a careful watch over the Superstition Mountains and surrounding desert terrain. He is ready to jump into his old Jeep when nature’s drama is just too hard to resist. For him, each moment like this is a cherished opportunity. He paints every day, often late into the night and even in the extreme heat. “If I live to be 120, I still won’t have time to paint all the things I want to paint.” The artist describes his process as “finding opulent things in the mundane.” He says, “If I see something I like I’ll still paint it, whether it is something that will sell or not.”

David Gordinier’s love of the desert permeates his work. Fascinated by the spectacular cloud formations and plant life unique to the Arizona desert, Gordinier renders the landscape in exacting detail. “At the end of the day I basically chase light” explains Gordinier. “The way the sun just lights everything up when it comes across the desert.”

Shows

Cedar Falls Metropolitan Museum, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mid-Four Juried Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins, Kansas City, Missouri
33th Iowa Artist Juried Exhibition Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Landscape Show Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Capturing the Wild, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Masters of Illusion, Tempe Fine Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona
Art in Embassies Program, Luanda, Africa 2008

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