A Canadian artist, Gordon Milne was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1953. He attended McMaster University where he studied printmaking and sculpture.
Early in his career Milne worked as a printmaker – producing original etchings, woodcuts, linocuts and mixed media drawings. In 1982, at the start of a promising career, a gallery flood ravaged most of Gordon's artwork, leaving little to show from the '70s. Although difficult at the time, it proved to be the event that altered Milne's focus from printmaking to painting – specifically portraiture.
In the late 90’s Gordon began a long-term project that is very dear to his heart. The Canadian Sport Heroes Collection is a series of large-scale portraits celebrating the achievements of remarkable Canadian Olympians. Currently comprised of 16 paintings, the Collection was unveiled during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and can be seen in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. This ongoing collection of portraits has been achieved with the generous support of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, ARC Energy Trust, BMO Financial and Alberta Culture.
Commissioned by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary the Sport Legacy Collection is a series of six paintings created to provide a visual tribute to Olympic sport. The Sport Legacy Collection can be seen hanging in the Calgary International Airport.
For almost two decades Gordon has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Alberta Ballet where he regularly attends classes to draw these dedicated dancers. Milne has also completed major portraits of several renowned Canadian dancers as well as an ongoing series of paintings celebrating movement in dance and athletics. In 2017 Milne held an exhibition of these works in conjunction with Alberta Ballet's 50th Anniversary entitled Painting en Pointe.
In addition to these ongoing projects Gordon has completed a number of private commissions.
Individuals or corporations interested in providing funding to expand The Canadian Sport Heroes Collection, The Sport Legacy Collection, Art & Dance, or for private projects or commissions please contact Gordon.