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Don Jordan

Painter · Sculptor
Born March 27, 1937, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Died September 11, 2006, New Hope, Pennsylvania

I am most productive when I am working on three or more pieces at one time.


Don Jordan was an award-winning artist when he was a teenager, but instead of pursuing his art, he got a degree in geology and headed for the oil fields of Oklahoma. He is now working full-time as a painter and a sculptor.
Jordan's background in geology is consistently shown in his work. He paints broad areas of textured color and there are segments of mosaic shapes as well as charcoal lines that give the appearance of cracks and fissures. An example is "Vistas," which is a wide expanse of light earth tones bordered on the left and right by mosaic shapes that suggest rock gorges. Jordan, however, says the painting is more about time and space. "Things you see in the future. Not being able to see way off in the distance."
More recently Don Jordan has been studying and working in ceramics under his mentor Elaine Daniels. Over time, the paintings have come to look somewhat like the ceramics and vice versa. Only the future will tell how they will eventually come together.


Image: Don Jordan, 2004, photo courtesy of the artists, James A. Michener Art Museum library


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