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By Gary Nisbet
Douglas Gordon
(b. 1966)

Born in Glasgow, he studied at the Department of Environmental Art under David Harding at GSA , 1984-8, and attended The Slade School of Art, London, 1988-90.

The winner of several prestigious awards, he won the Turner Prize in 1996, the Premio 2000 at the 1997 Venice Biennale, and the Hugo Boss Award, 1998.

Working with video, film, photography and text, and inspired by Hollywood movies, particularly the work of Alfred Hitchcock, his installations includes, 24 Hour Psycho (1993), and De-ja-vu (2000).

Empire (1998), his only public work in Glasgow, is literally a flash-back to a scene from Hitchcock's Vertigo.

His most recent work, Five Year Drive-by, an exploration of John Houston's The Searchers, was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001).


  • Information from the artist;
  • McKenzie (1999) , p.108;
  • Tate Gallery (leaflet), May-August, 2000;
  • The Herald, Arts, 1 November, 2001.
Works in our Database:
1: Brunswick Lane (Merchant City),
North entrance, on rear wall of Clydesdale Bank
Empire (1997)
Sculptor: D Gordon; Fabricator: Lofthus Signs
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