Robert Gordy is considered one of the most original and creative Southern painters of the twentieth century. He achieved far more beyond exquisite compositional patterning of forms – a technique self-described as “knitting” – and sensitivity to layers of color nuance. Perceptive art critics noted that Gordy invigorated his formalism through careful interest and attention to the French Symbolist-Surrealist tradition. He had a penchant for emotional release that would surface fully in his later riveting monotypes. In the works prior to 1982 there are often intense emotional realities beneath the apparent calm of the marvelous paintings and drawings. His unfortunate death from AIDS in 1986 at the age of 52 was an enormous loss.