THE ARTIST: GORDON BRECKENRIDGE
Gordon Breckenridge was born in Canada in 1948 growing up on a farm always in contact with nature. In his younger years he worked 2 years in a bank then he went to the University studying Business administration. At the age of 23 he decided to follow his talent and moved to Florence where he later graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1975. Meanwhile he studied charcoal drawing and painting with the renowned teacher Nerina Simi in the school founded by her father; who had studied under Gerome in Paris in the 1870s. In this period he received two international Canadian “Greenshield awards” to continue his studies with her. These 9 years of Classical training laid the foundations from which Gordon has gradually developed his own unique and personal style.
Being married Italian, living in Florence he travelled through Tuscany and Northern Italy with personal exhibitions in Cinque Terre and Portofino. He also exhibited in Canada at the MacMillan & Perrin Gallery (Vancouver), as well as in California and New Mexico. His work has been exhibited in Switzerland and England. Gordon also helped a few years the Ontario College of Arts in there Florence program.
He has received a lot of awards and his paintings are to be found in over 500 private collections worldwide, earning him international recognition and appreciation.
Today the artist continues to prepare his own canvases and paints always outdoors (plain air) directly creating atmosphere with his colour tones in the poetic Tuscan settings.