In this lecture James Hamilton will celebrate the life and work of his friend the painter György Gordon (1924-2005) who came to Britain as a refugee in 1957, and dedicated his life to the teaching and practice of painting and drawing in Yorkshire.
Throughout his life, Gordon wove the unique art training he received in Budapest, and the intense suffering he witnessed there, into an art that is at once personal and universal. Over his final decades, the 1980s and 1990s, Gordon's art flowered into a new lyricism powered by his full acceptance of the events that drove the passions of his youth.
Dr James Hamilton was Keeper of Art at Wakefield City Art Gallery 1974-76, Keeper of the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1976-84, and director of the Yorkshire Contemporary Art Group, 1984-89. He was University Curator at the University of Birmingham from 1992 until his retirement in 2013. His books include 'Turner - A Life' (1997) and 'A Strange Business - Making Art and Money in Nineteenth Century Britain' (2015)
Image: György Gordon, Woman with Chair (detail), 1980-81, oil on canvas, © The Estate of the Artist