Trained in his youth as a portrait artist, Gordon Carlisle (born 3/11/51) is a 1973 graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He’s made his living as a visual artist ever since.

After trying his hand at silkscreen printing and design in California, he worked for four years as a portrait artist on the streets of Old Montreal. Relocating in 1981 to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he took up with a mural painting group that served as his introduction to ecclesiastical painting and Public Art. Since then, Carlisle’s produced over 35 murals and Public Artworks across New England, supplementing this income with sales of his studio art, graphics and illustration commissions, residential murals, portraiture, theatrical set design and sign painting (see www.gordoncarlisle.com). In 1999, Gordon was awarded a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for his achievement as a mural artist.

Gordon’s studio artwork, featured here, reflects his location in southern Maine, his involvement in theatre, music and his wide experience as an artist for hire. He began making collages in San Francisco, and still enjoys the free-associative release they offer. While he graduated from the Institute with a degree in printmaking, Carlisle has gravitated over the years to painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor, often on found objects or constructed wooden surfaces. This website clearly indicates he’s a pluralist, enjoying the dichotomy of producing both satirical and more representational artwork, many of which have been exhibited across the U.S.

 

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