Nicole Gordon is a Chicago-based artist whose paintings draw on images from highly stylized scenic art, such as 19th century French wallpaper, and Medievel and Renaissance landscapes, to create anachronistic and often whimsical paintings with bright and vibrant colors. Her work is often mixed media, combining oil painting and encaustic techniques with more traditionally craft-associated materials such as glitter, and often incorporates installed sculptures that extend the paintings into the viewer's space.
Gordon was born on May 19, 1976 in Evanston, Illinois. She earned her BFA at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and studied at Lorenzo DeMedici University in Florence, Italy. She has been working as a painter and sculptor in Chicago for many years and had solo exhibitions in Chicago (Linda Warren Projects, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Elmhurst Art Museum), LA (Lois Lambert Gallery), Wisconsin (The Kohler Art Center) and Boston (Miller Block Gallery).
Gordon has completed two large scale permanent public commissions which include public art for the Chicago Transit Authority, sponsored by the Chicago Public Art Group, and an exterior façade artwork for New England Biolabs in Beverly, Massachusetts. She also has work at the Spertus Museum in Chicago. In 2002, she was awarded Best in Show at the Rockford Art Museum Midwestern Biennial. Gordon is currently represented by the Peter Miller gallery in Chicago.
Gordon participated in Topographic at SPACES in 2005.