Baron Von Fancy was born in New York City and attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. He earned his Bachelor in Fine Arts from Bard College in 2006. Gordon Stevenson identifies himself by his birth name for his artwork displayed in galleries, and he uses the artistic name "Baron Von Fancy" to sign his work used for commercial products. For example, his lighters are signed Baron Von Fancy, whereas his paintings are signed with his birth name.
Baron Von Fancy works in various media in addition to canvas. He has applied his distinctive artistic sensibility to create a broad range of tangible, practical items such as sponges, doormats, socks, backpacks, lighters, bow ties, matchboxes, handbags, cell phone cases and shirts. Clever and enchanting at the same time, Von Fancy's work spans the spectrum in some instances from light-hearted to profound, or in other instances, from playful to crude.
Von Fancy has collaborated with fashion, sportswear and media brands. Among the brands that he has worked with are: Nike, Vans, Uber, Rag & Bone, Reece Hudson, Reformation, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Gitman Vintage, Smith Optics and MeUndies. He is known for his originality and talent in matching an object with a humorous and memorable phrase. Larger retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Elizabeth Arden, Inc., Juicy Couture, Porsche Design Group, and Patagonia have collaborated with him on distinctive collections and projects.
In advance of the November 2016 launch of its new television series Good Behavior, TNT asked Von Fancy to design art and an installation, which was previewed at 29Rooms, promoting this new, edgy series. Baron was featured as an artistic ambassador for Nike's and KITH's pop-up store in SoHo that opened in August 2016. Later that Fall, he was retained by MOO, the London-based printer of custom business cards, to create five custom designs for a capsule collection of colorful, innovative business cards. Rogers & Cowan worked with Von Fancy in November 2016 to promote the American cotton industry's jeans recycling program.
On January 1, 2016, Vans launched a collections of sneakers featuring Baron Von Fancy's designs. In Fall 2015, Von Fancy provided visuals for the launch of the Louis Vuitton Windows book, published by Assouline. That Summer, Converse selected Baron Von Fancy (among other artists) for social media promotion of its Chuck Taylor All-Star II, the first changes to Converse's highly successful line of sneakers in nearly a century. In his signature typeface, Von Fancy prepared several phrases for display on Converse's Twitter page, including "Can't Wait," "What's Next?", and "Ready for More."
For Valentine's Day 2015, Kreemart presented an exhibition of his work at Melissa Galerie's SoHo store. Paperless Post launched a collaboration with Baron on Valentine's Day 2014, featuring his greeting cards, invitations and Valentine's Day cards.