Gordon Goetemann
oil • mixed media • giclee


Gordon Goetemann is a painter living in Gloucester Massachusetts with his artist wife, Judith. Together they operate an art gallery on Rocky Neck .Gordon considers himself an artist who fits into the tradition of American romantic-realism. His subject matter has been nearly exclusively landscape made not only for its beauty but also as a metaphor for the spiritual dimensions of life. In recent years these dimensions have moved his work further into abstraction. Along with this he has begun to paint responses to music by such composers as Debussy and Gustaf Mahler.
aaaaaGordon earned a BFA degree from the University of Notre Dame and a MFA degree from the State University of Iowa. His course work was divided about equally between studio arts and art history. During the summer of his junior year at Notre Dame he came to Gloucester to study with Umberto Romano. It was there that he and Judith met. Five years later they were married and Gordon began a teaching career working with Benedictine nuns and monks in central Minnesota. As a professor,Gordon’s wide interests in the humanities and the studio arts were evident.He liked teaching painting and his signature course” Mind of the Artist” to students at the same time. The course presented a history of visual form with a particular focus on the individualized choices artists made which characterized their unique styles. His own work is influenced by these interests. They account for the range from realism to abstraction that one sees in a body of his work and for his ability to use freely the structural reserve of classical thought and the dynamic exuberance of romantic expression.
aaaaaGordon does not think of art as a commodity and has not sought directly commercial success. Mostly he has exhibited in college and university galleries as well as in his own which he sees more as a learning space than a marketplace. Nonetheless, he has achieved a modicum of success judged by worldly standards..His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the Universities of: Massachusetts(Amherst), Notre Dame ( In.), State University of Iowa, St. Johns (Mn.),St.Paul Museum (Mn.) and the Walker Art Center (Mn.) .Colleges : Carlton (Mn.), Clark (Iowa), Mundelein( Il.) and St.Benedict( Mn.) His work has been accessioned into the collections of the Aldrich Museum of American Art, Cape Ann Historical Museum, and Corporate Collections such as : Bain & Co.,Citicorp, First Bank Systems, John Handcock Insurance Corp. and the IBM Corp.