Robert Gordy

“The Night” Blue, Black, & Brown Modern Abstract Surrealist Night Landscape 1968



Acrylic on Canvas


Modern abstract landscape painting by Louisiana artist Robert Gordy. The work features his iconic tubular figure set against a surrealist night landscape scene. Signed and dated in the front upper left corner as well as retains the original gallery tag from 1968 on the reverse. Currently hung in a wooden frame with a silver trim.

Artist Biography

Born October 13, 1933, Jefferson Island, Louisiana, Robert Gordy was known for his complex acrylic paintings which featured patterning and repetition, and linear shapes in a flat pictorial space in closely-keyed colors. In the early 1980s, the human head began to emerge as an important element in his paintings and in a series of monotypes created in Santa Fe. Robert Gordy’s death in 1986 at the age of 52 was an enormous loss. Gordy possessed extraordinary compositional skills and a marvelously imaginative intelligence. His elegant paintings done in his signature style through 1981 evidence a mastery, particularly over hue and value of color and keeping dynamics of shape in varied balance. Even in this austere period there were often intense emotional realities beneath his paintings’ apparent calm. Beginning in 1982 his work was clearly about more than mastery of color and design as profound emotional messages surfaced in Robert Gordy’s superb series of monotypes done at the end of his life.

Dimensions With Frame

H 38 in. x W 36 in. x D 1.5 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 37 in. x W 34.5 in.
“The Night” Blue, Black, & Brown Modern Abstract Surrealist Night Landscape 1968