Gordon Huether, the child of German immigrants, was born in Rochester, New York in 1959. With dual citizenship in Germany and the United States, Huether has spent much time traveling between the two countries. He learned art composition and appreciation at an early age from his father who was an artist and craftsman. In the course of his initial artistic explorations, Huether resolved to create a lasting impact on the world through the creation of large-scale works of art and in 1987, founded his studio in Napa, California. In 1989, Huether was awarded his first public art commission for the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute. For the first time, Huether collaborated with architectural, design and construction teams to realize his vision, a significant step forward in his career.
In the 1990s, while studying with preeminent German glass artist Johannes Schreiter, Huether was inspired to investigate intellectual precepts and explore emotional depths through his art. The work became about shaping a story and expressing an idea, not just creating an object of beauty. In recent years, Huether began exploring different media and investigating the seductive properties of richly saturated color, natural and artificial light sources, luscious and diverse texture, found and salvaged materials and quirky, sometimes unsettling imagery, to offer viewers a complex intellectual experience. Much of Huether’s work is inspired by the effect nature has on man-made materials, a reminder of the temporal character of man’s achievements and the awe-inspiring forces of nature.
In 1997, Huether became permanent artist-in-residence at Artesa Vineyards & Winery. The dramatic architecture of the new winery created a perfect environment for Huether to exhibit his fine art and sculpture. The relationship with Artesa gave Huether the chance to fully explore more intimate, autonomous works in media such as collage, canvas, collographs, metal and sculpture. This defined a relationship where the intimate and monumental works of art each reflect the ideas and inspirations of the other.
Huether’s careful consideration of an art installation in context to the surrounding space and its users has lead to many major public art awards across the globe. Through his many commissions, public art projects and art exhibitions, Huether has developed an innate sensitivity to and mastery of a variety of media. Inspired by material qualities and how they effect an environment, Huether often chooses, but is not limited to using glass, neon, metal, paint, acrylic, water, light, found objects and recycled materials.