Gordon Smedt's style develops from traditional impressionism and figurative painting. However, he's heavily influenced by pop art. Life's memories continue to play a role in his art but day-to-day observations are his greatest influence and inspiration. He tends to be straightforward in relation to his work. In this, Gordon takes ordinary relics or contemporary objects and bestow them with new meaning and importance. Much of his work is considered figurative-like absent the human figure. His use of clothing and inanimate objects as subject matter focuses on the iconic and statuesque as opposed to traditional still life. From this foundation, his interconnected paint, textures, and colors applied in reciprocity build and abstract depth within his representational work. Gordon's large bold paintings are direct and captivating, arousing positive memories and emotions.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Gordon first studied art at San Jose State University before continuing his education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California where he was twice awarded merit scholarships and graduated with honors receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.
His residence is in the Los Gatos/Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. Gordon continues to ambitiously paint. Smedt adds, "Art is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I live with. I'm constantly striving to elevate my work and pleasantly surprise myself and others along the way."
Gordon Smedt's paintings have been showing in distinguished art galleries for the past 25 years, and collected internationally.