Gordon House was born in Pontardawe, South Wales in 1932. At the age of fourteen, House accepted a grant to study art. He attended both the Luton School of Art in Bedfordshire and St. Albans School of Art in Hertfordshire. Upon graduation from art school, House worked at an advertising agency. House utilized the typography and graphic design skills he gained throughout the rest of his career. He eventually would go on to work as an independent graphic designer and typographer.
In the early days of his career as an artist, House created monumental works of abstracted landscape scenes. House was an important participant in the London art scene of the 1960s.
House produced his first prints in 1961. He is known for working in mediums including screenprint, etching, woodcut, and lithography. He helped to elevate screenprinting’s status in London to become recognizable as an art form, not only used for commercial purposes. A 1981 retrospective of House’s prints was exhibited at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition was later shown at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York.
House’s work can be found in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England; Tate Gallery in London, England; Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana; Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.