Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts will host an opening reception for artist Ron Gordon from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Artíque, 1024 Studewood St., with a meet-the-artist event from 4-6 p.m.

Artíque is not new to the Heights. The gallery space is operated by Heights resident Yvonamor Palix, and it is definitely one of our neighborhood gems. This is the perfect time to visit.

The art exhibit is titled "Intuitive Gestures," which Gordon told me refers to the many layers of acrylic paint he uses to create his work. Gordon’s use of color and brushstroke are at once recognizable.

He told me that while studying art at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1974, the teachers just pounded color theory into the students. Color theory in practice is understanding how colors interact when mixing, layering, and complementary colors, etc.

Intuitive Gestures is Gordon’s first solo exhibit in a long while. His primary work the past few years has been commissions - in particular, large commercial work. Some of Gordon’s work has been reproduced to cover multiple stories inside office buildings and displayed in hotels, medical facilities, sales offices, businesses and corporate environments. That’s a dream for many artists.

Gordon’s path from his color theory days at USM include stints as a freelance graphic artist, illustrator, then later in education as an administrator, curriculum developer, teacher, public relations director and associate pastor. He found his way back to art and jumped right into murals, faux finishing and has continuously expanded his portfolio.

Not long after Gordon’s move to Houston, I met him at his downtown studio. We guessed that might have been about 2002, when he took part in Artcrawl Houston, an event hosted by John Runnels, who attended USM at the same time.

I’ve visited at least three of Gordon’s art studios, where he happily gave tours of his latest works, explaining his techniques and storytelling. I recall that he always had at least one enormous painting in progress. I define enormous as taller than me. Gordon’s paintings were taller than him, and he’s a tall man!

Gordon told me the body of work in Intuitive Gestures are mid-sized, in the 3- by 4-feet range, abstract with the exception of a few objective paintings. He utilized the best of his signature layering techniques with implied textures, and a technique called scumbling which is a way of laying down a thin layer of paint with a dry brush.

Gordon will be at the gallery to greet the public from 4-6 p.m. Don’t miss him. He is just as much the show as his art.

Sadly, I’ll miss this solo exhibit as the rain date for First Saturday Arts Market is at the same time. You have the opportunity to do both!

Learn more about Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts and Artíque gallery by following them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ypfinearts/.

Gordon's website is https://www.rgordonart.com.

Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.

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