Behind the art
“The cast resin bunny heads are imagery taken from my paintings. The motif is at once a representation of nature and depiction of the man-made object. My interest in the imagery lies in it’s symbolism. The rabbit represents creation and new beginnings. As well as being one of the Chinese zodiac signs, it features prominently in Native American mythology where it is called Nanabozho. Growing up I had several rabbits. When I was about 5 years old I was playing on the jungle gym with my friend Ari. My rabbit was hopping around in the grass underneath us when Ari fell off and crushed him. The bunny survived a few hours but died later from internal bleeding while trying to eat a piece of lettuce.” – John Gordon Gauld
John Gordon Gauld
John Gordon Gauld lives and works in New York. He has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Gauld’s work primarily consists of genre scenes which represent everyday life, still lifes, and the human figure, as well as depictions of the natural world. His work shows a wide range of influences including Renaissance art and pop cluture; and his images are often satirical or allegorical, and frequently juxtapose natural objects with those that are manmade in imitation of nature. He is known for employing unique and delicate materials such as plaster, silverpoint, and egg tempera. Gauld has been included in many New York group exhibitions and has worked with Bergdorf Goodman since 1998 creating large paintings for the store’s renowned window displays. These works are included in the recent book Windows at Bergdorf Goodman published by Assouline, 2010.
Courtesy of Salomon Contemporary