In Memory of Elmo Gideon (11 Jan. 1924 — 21 Dec. 2010)

“I believe that ART is an inspiring language that can lift Man's SOUL to great heights. Art is a strange and Universal bond that links the cultures and souls of Man together. ART IS AN ASCENDING JOURNEY; a journey from eyes closed to the creative beauties which are man's to explore and enjoy, to open eyes of communication and awareness of life's aesthetic energy. This journey is indeed an ascending one; for, once eyes and hearts and minds have been open, the path ahead is one of continual growth. This has been my direction and still is.”

— Gideon

Elmo Clifford Gideon, 86

Historic Miami Artist and Sculptor Gideon, 86, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at his home and studios in Thomasville, Georgia after a lengthy illness.

Described as an “artist who borders on being an elemental force” whose own ambitions guided him in the development of revolutionary paints and sculpting compounds, technique and form and application that enabled him to create over 20,000 original works of art during his life. His paintings and sculptures include some of the world’s most known subjects, including the famous Gideon Holocaust Collection.

For decades, Gideon created hundreds of magnificent paintings and sculptures. His heavy, thick paint was often a staple signature of his unique works. Coupled with heavy sculptured frames that Gideon made himself, these classics are highly sought by private collectors.

Over the years, Gideon created one of the most prolific collections of art work by any one man. His private collection consists of over 5,000 original works.

Gideon is survived by his wife Heather Gideon, sister Eloise Flood, daughter Terry and husband Ed Markham, son Richter and wife Kathy Gideon, granddaughter Jennifer (Markham) Mabe, and grandsons Eric and Adam Markham, and Richter Gideon Jr, and great-granddaughters Ashton and Autumn Mabe, and Bailey and Erika Markham.

Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30 at 6 pm in the chapel at Allen & Allen funeral home, 110 Hansel St, Thomasville, Ga. 229-226-6331. Visitation will be afterwards in the Gideon family home. 229-226-8468.