gordon onslow ford

Floating Bohemia: Gordon Onslow Ford and the S. S. Vallejo

April 21, 2016

Lot 154, Gordon Onslow Ford, In Vironment (2002)

Though best known as the last and youngest member of the Surrealist group that convened in Paris in the 1930s, Gordon Onslow Ford was no stranger to the Bay Area vanguard, either. Between 1947 and 1959, Onslow Ford made his studio aboard the S.S. Vallejo, a decommissioned ferry docked in Sausalito, which he shared with the Greek collagist and poet Jean Varda. Together the two made the vessel a salon of sorts—a floating clubhouse for an astonishingly diverse group of artists and writers, from Beat poets to members of the Bay Area Figurative movement.

Gordon Onslow Ford: Cosmic Landscapes

February 5, 2016

lot 77, gordon onslow ford,  dancing still

Gordon Onslow Ford was an artistic innovator, developing such techniques as “coulage,” believed to have influenced such artists as Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, and Jackson Pollock. His desire “to bring wonder into the world” is achieved in luminous and frenetic cosmic landscapes as well as black-and-white investigations into pure and direct expression. This month, LAMA is delighted to present seven works by Onslow Ford spanning the 1940s through the 1990s, which will go to auction on February 21, 2016.