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György Gordon (1924-2005) A retrospective

Published 21 July 2016

György Gordon, Self Portrait with Window, (detail) 1991-92, oil on canvas, © The Artist’s Estate

An exhibition exploring the life of Hungarian-born, and Yorkshire-adopted artist, György Gordon.

Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Saturday 25 February 2017

Sixty years since the violence of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery explores the life and work of Hungarian-born painter György Gordon. Gordon settled in Wakefield after escaping as a refugee from Hungary during Autumn 1956. The exhibition will include paintings and drawings spanning the 1950s-1990s reflecting on Gordon's life and artistic journey, from his experience as a refugee to later work exploring isolation, alienation, and old age.

György Gordon (b. 1924), gained his diploma in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest in 1953, however he soon fled his native country following the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. After a failed attempt to take refuge in America, and a short period in London, Gordon moved to Wakefield and took up post as Lecturer at the College of Art in 1964 where he taught for over 20 years. Calm and gentle in person, it was in his art that Gordon expressed the dramatic personal and political turmoil he experienced.

Following on from this exhibition The Hepworth will be showing GYÖRGY GORDON: FROM HUNGARY TO YORKSHIRE, 1924-2005. Opens 25th Feburary 2017. 

Associated events

Migrant Narratives at the edge of Europe - Talk
Lunchtime Talk - Migrant Narratives at the edge of Europe
Monday 16 January 2017 13:00 - 14:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
György Gordon, Woman with Chair (detail), 1980-81, oil on canvas, © The Estate of the Artist
Talk - György Gordon : A Hungarian Artist in Britain
Wednesday 15 February 2017 18:00 - 19:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Peter Murray at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. (Background) Jonathan Borofsky, Molecule Man 1+1+1, 1990. Private Collection courtesy YSP © Marc Atkins. Image courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde’
Peter Murray CBE on György Gordon and the artistic landscape of Wakefield
Monday 20 February 2017 18:30 - 19:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery