Douglas Gordon Play Dead Real Time 2003 © Douglas Gordon


Born 1966
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Glasgow

Gordon was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He has worked in video, photography, sound, text and other media and uses predominantly 'found' material. Gordon is fascinated by our binary nature and our tendency to split things into opposites: black and white, good and evil. His work investigates ambiguity and the disruption of the normal, accepted ways of seeing the world. He is one of the most successful of contemporary Scottish artists, winning prestigious art prizes in Europe and the United States, including the Turner Prize in 1996. Important shows have been staged in Frankfurt (2011), Edinburgh and New York (2006), London and Bregenz (2002), Los Angeles (2001), Liverpool and Paris (2000), and Eindhoven (1995). He teaches at the Städelschule, Frankfurt and lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.

Glossary terms

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Turner Prize

Founded in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded annually to the ‘most outstanding contribution’ to British art that took place in the last year.


GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland | Modern
  • Ended Sun 25 Jan 2015
Douglas Gordon | Black Burns
  • Ended Sun 29 Oct 2017