Thom Gorst – Ruins of Empire

Thom Gorst

There are only just a few days left to visit the Thom Gorst exhibition Ruins of Empire that will be on at the Anise Gallery in London till the 31st of March.

The paintings of the exhibition investigate the aesthetic quality of industrial and maritime ruins and have emerged as part of Gorst’s research through practice. Although the canvases portray details of metallic maritime surfaces that are corroded, overpainted or just abandoned they truly emit a sense of authentic, as-found beauty.

I had the pleasure to attend a talk by Thom Gorst a few weeks ago at the Anise Gallery, where he explained his approach to painting maritime ruins. Interestingly Gorst has trained as an architect, which is quite evident in the fact that most of his paintings at the exhibition look like a fragment of a ship’s elevation.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Anise Gallery to view this fantastic Thom Gorst exhibition.

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