Oral history interview with Gordon Onslow-Ford, 1984 Mar. 26

Onslow-Ford, Gordon , b. 1912 d. 2003
Active in Inverness, Calif.

Size: Transcript: 51 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 54 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Gordon Onslow-Ford conducted 1984 Mar. 26, by Ted Lindberg, for the Archives of American Art.

Onslow-Ford speaks of his family background and early years in England; his education; going to Paris and studying art there; his studies with Fernand Leger; his discovery of cubism and futurism; meeting Andre Breton; his work in surrealism; coming to New York and later to San Francisco; the development of his interest in calligraphy and black and white painting; his feelings about ecology. He recalls Roberto Matta Echuarren.

Biographical/Historical Note: Gordon Onslow-Ford (1912-2003) was a painter from Inverness, Calif.

This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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