Gord Bond’s work stems from a fascination with the human form and those related, often basic human functions, emotions, and interractions. Influenced perhaps most strongly by the likes of Philip Guston, whose cartoonish representations of lugubrious, idiosyncratic characters and body parts were created as a direct response against the work of abstract expressionists working at the time, Bond’s work also often pulls both directly and indirectly from artists like Picasso (and his contemporary Braques), de Koonig, Basquiat, as well as George Condo, housing a satirical wit similar to that of Robert Crumb or David Shrigley. Bond’s characters are somewhat reductive yet highly expressive and, despite bright orange noses, purple cheeks, blue eyebrows and red lips, manage not to look clownish or overly comical. Instead, they are depicted in loose narratives with an arduous and prolific sense of play, application, and repetition. Bond allows mistakes and bad decisions to become part of the fabric of his work; vestiges of past forms sit like bruises below the surface, pushing to break through layers of paint, marker, collage, and mark-making – like a trace of where one decision ends and another begins.
GORD BOND (b. 1989, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Originally studying Science at McMaster University, he switched majors and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2012, then with a Masters of Fine Arts from York University in 2014. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Clutter, Chaos and Confusion’ Black Cat Art Space, Toronto, Canada (2018) ‘Almost Human Nature’, Carnegia Gallery, Dundas, Canada (2017); ‘What Are We Waiting For?’, Oswald Gallery, Hamilton, Canada (2016); ‘Kin or Close Enough’, McMaster’s Fitzhenry Atrium, Hamilton, Canada (2016); and ‘Trying Not to Die’, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2014). Group exhibitions include: ’35 Works on Paper’ BEERS London, London, UK (2018) ‘The Crowd’, Maiden LA Public Installation, Los Angeles, USA (2017); ‘One Horse Town’, Prop Haus, Hamilton, Canada (2017); ‘Hot Properties’, Casino Artspace, Hamilton, Canada (2017); and ‘Worked Over’, Oswald Gallery, Hamilton, Canada (2017). In February 2019 Bond exhibited at Zona Maco Art Fair, Mexico City alongside Kathryn MacNaughton, Peter Matthews and Andrew Salgado.