A Good Place to Begin

Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon creates artwork that is both beautiful and uncomfortable at the same time.

Nicole Gordon

3rd Floor Hallway - Currently On View

Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon is known for anachronistic and whimsical paintings that often combine encaustic or “hot wax painting” with oil paints. Her love of vibrant colors, mixed media, and multiple textures can be seen in A Good Place to Begin and its companion work, The Inward Journey 1. She often says her images are “meant to be beautiful and uncomfortable at the same time.” Notice the heavy texture of the painting and the extensive use of paint drips.

Gordon received her BFA from the University of Michigan in 1998. She has had solo exhibits at Linda Warren Projects, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Elmhurst Art Museum, and has completed public art projects for the Chicago Transit Authority and New England Biolabs in Ipswich, MA.

3rd Floor Hallway
Name: A Good Place to Begin
Artist: Nicole Gordon
Location: 3rd Floor Hallway
Origin: United States, 2000
Medium: Oil and Beeswax on Canvas, Painting
Dimensions: 55 x 46 in.
Credit: Museum Purchase
Catalog Number: 2000.107
External ResourceNicole Gordon’s Website

Artist's Website

External ResourceInterview with Nicole Gordon

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