Born October 21, 1960, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
"When I begin working with a piece of wood, I rotate it until I find a position where it begins to work as a sculpture. Then I start carving. Wood has a spirit and a natural gesture within it." Harry Gordon
Harry Gordon was born in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and now lives in Lambertville, New Jersey. As a teenager he started sculpting in a community art class. His teacher arranged for him to an apprentice to Boris Blai, a Russian classically trained figurative sculptor who had worked in Auguste Rodin's studio.
Gordon began his sculpture career with a very classical, figurative beginning. His materials and forms have changed a great deal over the years, but it is still possible to find remnants of the figure in his work. He work now focuses on sculpture that is "larger than life." The materials he uses for his sculpture are primarily wood and granite. He does not create maquettes for his sculptures; he relies more on the natural shape of the wood.
The types of wood that Gordon uses in his sculpture are oak, maple, ash and elm. Much of his wood comes from trees cut down by tree removal services, as Gordon prefers not to cut trees only for the purpose of carving. He creates larger than life organic sculptures, which are designed to "exist naturally in the landscape."