David Gorman named Park West Gallery director

Park West Gallery Director David Gorman

Park West Gallery Director David Gorman

Meet David Gorman, the man who will help guide visitors of Park West Gallery into the world of fine art.

Gorman, a native of Monrovia, California, was recently brought on as Park West’s gallery director for its Southfield location, a position that will combine his passion for the arts and experience with art auctions.

Park West brought Gorman on as director a month ago to raise the exposure of the Southfield location through artist exhibitions and gallery events. Gorman said the position is a perfect fit for him and is excited for this next chapter in his career.

“Probably about three or four years into working with Park West on cruise ships I realized that I will retire with this business,” he said. “Not the art business specifically, but with Park West – I’m here for longevity.”

His initial connection with Park West began in 2007 when a friend’s mother purchased a Peter Max piece aboard a cruise ship and told him about it. As an art student, he saw Park West as an opportunity to work for a gallery and applied.

He came to Michigan for training and became an auctioneer on cruise ships for Park West Gallery, attending the Missouri Auction School to better himself. He served as an auctioneer from 2007 to June 2014.

“I took the job seriously, so I wanted to perfect my craft,” he said.

This betterment paid off, as he became a regional sales trainer in 2010, giving him the opportunity to learn management not only with his own team, but for multiple cruise ships.

As gallery director, Gorman anticipates new openings and artist events every six weeks in the coming year to expose people to one of the largest art collections in the country.

“There is going to be new art up all the time,” he said.

He said he considers Park West Gallery to be on the front line of the art world, so the great thing about his position is interacting with people and getting them interested in the fine arts.

“Maybe they’ve never collected art before, and maybe I’m their first experience that brings them into a more enriched life,” he said. “It’s up to us as art dealers and educators to really show the importance of fine art and involving yourself in the fine arts.”

In that vein, he finds one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Park West is hearing from people who he assisted with starting or growing an art collection.

“Many of them have continued to be collectors, and many of them have joined the VIP program,” he said. “I enjoy educating people about art, about art history, printmaking.”

Gorman’s respect and admiration of the art world stems from his own passion as a collector and painter. He said he was formally trained in oil painting, but took on acrylics when he was on cruise ships.

Park West Gallery is located on 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield, MI. Visit www.parkwestgallery.com for more information.

16 Responses to David Gorman named Park West Gallery director

  1. Randi Baill Mark Jaffe says:

    Fantastic! We love David!
    So knowledgeable and a true gem!

  2. Yvonne Maddalena says:

    I bought a few Peter Max pictures on my last cruise to Alaska and I have 3 of them that I would like to sell as I do not have as much wall space as I thought I would have to hang them. Do you buy back? if not, can you recommend who would buy them.

  3. Craig D. Butler says:

    Congraulations on your new position. I hope it is everything you hope for and want.

  4. Mae Jorgensen says:

    We purchased art pieces on the Royal Caribbean Cruises and have appreciated the attention that Park West has given us on every step of purchase and shipment. We would only purchase art from Park West because we trust them on the art pieces they represent and then their excellent customer service. As one example, David Gorman recently called us at our home to follow up on a call we made to Customer Service. Mr. Gorman is a excellent representative of Park West.

  5. John Dumas says:

    Hi David
    Angela and I want to wish you the best. We really enjoyed our time with you and all your help. See you again soon maybe in Michigan.

  6. Matthew Lochetto says:

    David is a true professional, I had the unique opportunity to work with him on the Carnival Pride two years ago, very knoweledgeable and comfortable to work with, congratulations

  7. Connie & Bob Langley says:

    Congratulations to David! We wish him well in this new endeavor. We hope you make it back to the cruise ships from time to time.

  8. Cynthia Matthews says:

    Awesome!! Congrats David!! We hope to be able to see you on the VIP cruises though. You were of tremendous help.

  9. Michael & Susan Lassen says:

    I definetly agree with the comments about David being a true professsional in every regard. My wife and I have bought art on cruises over the years and spending a week with David onboard the Emerald Princess helped us greatly taking our collecting to the next level with some Tarkay, Max and Marcus Glenn. Best wished and great success.

  10. Paul& Charlene Kutylo says:

    David introduced us to collecting fine prints on a cruise. He was so educational and informative. David, you will do great on this new venture. Thanks for all you did for us.

  11. Ray says:

    Congratulations David. We met on the VIP cruise last October, aboard the Getaway. Great guy…

  12. Bradford Ross says:

    Congrats ! A well deserved promotion. Met David this fall and was very impressed with his knowledge and capabilities! Good luck!

  13. Toni Clark says:

    My husband and I met David last winter on one of the Princess Cruises, He was so much fun to get to know and helped us with many paintings and the wonderful Alley-Frazier photo!!!! So glad we have that!!! Thanks David and best of luck to you! Toni

  14. Carlos Del Valle says:

    Can you tell me if Mr Morris Shapiro is still with Park West Gallery/ Thanks

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