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Meet the Artist
”As an artist, I am as interested in the process of creating work as much as I am in the final work created. It is through the process that I touch, feel, explore, and discover, the insight, enchantments, and spiritual empowerment that the experience of creating allows me. My works express different aspects and values of life, with an underlying spiritual message that seeks to reconnect the human spirit with its Creator.
This often times is expressed in abstract or figurative sculpture, most of which is prompted by inspirations from my surroundings, people and their environment, founded elements of nature, and even shadows in a dimly lit room. I want my viewers to feel or experience in part what I do, ‘a moment in time’, without ever having been there.”
Gadson has been commissioned to create works of art for many high profile events. He was commissioned to create two limited edition commemorative sculptures, “The Kicker” and “The Quarterback” , for the 1995 South Florida Super Bowl XXIX and the 1999 Super Bowl XXXIII. The South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee presented these sculptures to each owner of the National Football League team and VIP’s. Each year South Florida hosts the Super Bowl, Gadson will create another sculpture to continue the series.
Gadson has gained recognition for his realistic portraits and commemorative sculptures. He has been commissioned to create a bronze portrait relief of the late Bill Darden, founder of Darden Restaurants, Inc., owners of Red Lobster and Olive Gardens. He has created bronze sculptures for JM Family Enterprises, the Jim Moran Foundation, a 12-foot bronze monument for the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Dan Marino Foundation, Florida Memorial University’s Lou Rawls Performing Art Center, The cities of Tamarac and Pompano Beach Florida.
In 2003, Gadson was commissioned by the C. Spencer Pompey Committee located in Delray Beach, Florida to create a life size bronze bust of C. Spencer Pompey, which is permanently displayed in the commission chambers of the City of Delray Beach. He was also commissioned by the Ely Education Foundation to create a bronze bust of Dr. Blanche Ely, for the Blanche Ely Education Museum in Pompano Beach, Florida. He created a bas relief of entrepreneur Jim Moran for the Jim Moran School of Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University and the Jim Moran Foundation.
The Duke University graduate and self-taught artist, also understands the role art play in providing quality of life and vitality to a community. Based on numerous studies that show art as a key element to breathing new life into the “soul” of a community and its residents, Gadson seeks to bring back to life the forgotten history found in many communities and capture civic memories through creative design works. Such efforts aid in rebuilding the tangible and intangible characters of the community, bring disparate groups together, create safer neighborhoods, and promote a greater sense of belonging. Gadson seeks inspiration by studying both people and nature and is well known for his powerful sculptures, his poignant depiction of the lives and telling faces of people, and moments in time through photography.
Gadson is credited with organizing and facilitating various community based surveys, focus groups, community visioning and strategic planning. Today, he is one of Florida ’s most versatile and celebrated African American renaissance artists. He works independently and collaboratively with design teams of engineers, architects and construction firms to create site specific work.
He has been exhibited throughout Florida, including the City of Delray Beach Cultural Loop, the Pineapple Grove Art Walk in downtown Delray Beach, Florida, the Inua Art Gallery in Miami, the JM Family Enterprises Gallery at ArtServe, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the African American Carribean Cultural Centers, the Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, ,and the Old Davie School Historical Museum in Davie Florida.