Gyorgy Gordon

Gyorgy Gordon was born in Hungary in 1924 and studied at The National Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest from 1948, where he was taught by the one-time avant-garde artists János Kmetty, Jenö Barcsay and Robert Berény. His life was thrown into turmoil by the Hungarian uprising of 1956, and he fled to England. This flight for his life would impact the expressive nature of his own work for the rest of his years. Indeed, his own mother had died during the uprising and her portrait on her deathbed is a savage expression of disorientation and loss, painted in the depths of anxiety and grief.

He arrived in London with only a few clothes, and spoke very little English. He gained work, and after a few years moved to Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where he took up the post of Lecturer at the College of Art in 1964. He taught for years before taking early retirement to dedicate the time to his own work.

Gyory’s paintings are recognisable from the European Expressionist tradition: sombre tones creating huddles and distorted images of the human form.

He exhibited widely, including Budapest Fenyes Adolf Galleria and Leeds Art Gallery. For his 70th birthday a retrospective was staged at the National Portrait Gallery. A recent solo exhibition also took place at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

Gyorgy Gordon died in Wakefield in 2005.