Robert Gordy

Study for River Bathers (Original, Signed), 1975
Archival Ink, Permanent Marker
26.50 x 37.25 in

An original marker-and-ink painting by one of New Orleans' most iconic artists, signed bottom left. His works are at the Met, the Whitney and other major museums around the world. He was a leading member of the Pattern and Decoration movement. Robert Gordy loved this medium (marker) and in fact most of his original works are marker and ink, not acrylic on canvas. This is classic Gordy imagery. Comes with custom metal frame and mat, but will ship without glass (inexpensive to replace). Dimensions given are framed; actual image size is 22" x 33.5". Galerie Simonne Stern label on verso.

Here is some bio information from AskArt:

Robert Gordy (American, 1933-1986)

He was known for his complex acrylic paintings which featured patterning and repetition, and linear shapes in a flat pictorial space in closely-keyed colors. In the early 1980s, the human head began to emerge as an important element in his paintings and in a series of monotypes created in Santa Fe. (Institute for Research and Art)

Born October 13, 1933, Jefferson Island, Louisiana, he died September 25, 1986.

1956 M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1955 B.A., Lousiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge, LA
1953 Studied with Hans Hoffman

Professional Experience:
1965 Instructor, University of New Orleans, LA
1963 Instructor, The Putney School, Putney, VT
1962 Instructor, Sterling College, Sterling, KS
1957 Instructor, University of Southern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

Selected Awards:
1978, 1967 Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts Purchase Award, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
1973 Award Winner, "Artists Biennial," New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1971 Purchase award, "Artists of the Southeast and Texas Biennial," New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1971 Ford Foundation Fellowship
1954 Yale-Norfolk Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Selected Collections:
Alexandria Museum and Visual Art Center, Alexandria, LA
American Express Corp, New York, NA
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum, Dallas, TX
Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
Gibber Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma Fine Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Sources include:
Biographic information provided by Sarah Foltz, Austin Galleries from invoices and information provided in 1992 by Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

Robert Gordy



Balancing a clean, formal graphic approach with creativity, wit and verve, Robert Gordy created a style of painting that is instantly recognizable to anyone even vaguely familiar with his work. Sometimes placed in a category with Keith Haring, he created images that exploited patterns and simplicity of form. He had a wonderful sense of color as well.


Robert Gordy was unusual in his frequent use of markers, pens and ink to create his images – which are so clean that they look to a contemporary eye to be machine or computer-created. He was enraptured with printmaking and produced many limited-edition print series’. Robert Gordy’s works are in museums worldwide, including the Whitney, MoMA, the Smithsonian and other top-tier institutions.