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Jerry Jordan (b. 1944)  Artworks >>

Born in 1944, he was raised on a farm in Texas, and as a child became exposed to the landscapes and still lifes of local artist W.R. Thrasher, who became his mentor. Aside from that association, Jordan is largely self -taught. He laughingly says that when people ask him where he studied, he says "Paris" and then under his breath adds "Texas." However, he also credits Richard Schmid, Edward Szmyd, and Ray Vinella as strong influences. In 1962, at age eighteen, he built himself a studio on his father's 40 acre farm and the next year sold $4000. worth of paintings. He married his wife, Marilyn, and in 1964, they moved to Taos, New Mexico, where he became the director of a gallery, thinking he would also have time to paint. But he learned that doubling up was a mistake and he returned to Texas to devote himself full time to his work and to find his unique style. He went through a period of discouragement with his painting, and with his wife, brother and sister-in-law formed a gospel singing group called the Jordans. He toured with them for nearly ten years, and in 1976, he won the Country Music Award, Comic of the Year. He settled again in Texas but made increasing numbers of trips to Taos, and in 1984 was adopted by the Reynas family at the Taos Pueblo, and he painted and lived with them for a short time. In 1986, he and Marilyn bought an adobe home on the Taos historic register and have lived there with their two daughters. From that time, he has been a successful painter of eclectic subjects including cityscapes, still lifes, and rural landscapes with styles that include Impressionism and Abstraction. He says he paints whatever interests him from Pueblo Indian subjects to hot air balloons. Many of his works are in print editions of American Master Prints, and he completes about 100 paintings a year. He often explores the play of contrasts, light and shadow, exaggerated and muted color, animate and inanimate detail, soft and angular forms. He "pushes" colors, that is creates combinations that logically would not go together. He says: "I love turquoise. I love purple." He sees them everywhere, and for him those colors transcend literal or local references. Source

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