Thom Gorst trained as an architect, qualifying in 1982. During the 1980s he worked in London for the Greater London Council, and was a member of the Coin Street Design Team. During this time he was a regular contributor to the Building Design magazine and the Architects Journal , where he was a member of the editorial board. By the end of the 80′s he moved to the south west, and taught at Bath University and the University of the West of England, specialising in the history and theory of art and architecture.

He started work on what would become his doctorate in 2005 at the Glasgow School of Art. The study soon evolved into an aesthetic examination into the potential of industrial ruins to be regarded as things of beauty, and he engaged with many ruinous examples of modernity, such as factories, warehouses and ships. It was an unplanned part of the academic unfolding of the subject that in late 2008 the first paintings were made.

“I need to paint representations of distressed and derelict metal on clean, primed canvas.  I need to encapsulate what is rough and abrasive with varnish, which halts the processes of decay.  I need to work with colours that are alien to my subject: fizzy lemon or candy pink for a fo’c’sle chequerplate; or duvet-green for a sheet of unspeakably mutilated ship-side.”

Thom has produced a range of miniature canvases that detail sections of his larger works - VIEW THEM HERE

Open

Open

Acrylic on canvas // 76cm x 76cm

£850

Shut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shut

Acrylic on canvas // 76cm x 76cm

£850

Trip

Trip

Acrylic on canvas // 120cm x 60cm

£950

This was painted at the time when John Tavener had just died, and I was  listening to his work.  I’m not a devout person, but this is a devout painting.

North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North

Acrylic on canvas // 100cm x 100cm

£1000

An essay in minimalism – I had to experiment with as little tonality as I could. But this is also a serious reminder of the Battle of the Atlantic, in which my father took part. Here is a merchant ship, sliding awfully under the waves.


Puffer_sm

 

Puffer

Acrylic on canvas // 76cm x 76cm

£800 SOLD

Deep

Deep

Acrylic on canvas // 76cm x 76cm

£750

An abstract maritime composition.  Going down.

Pilot

Pilot

Acrylic on canvas // 60cm x 90cm

£650

I have taken the Day-Glo colours and clean script from the marvellous new pilot ships that park at the mouth of the Elbe..

Danish Seascape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danish Seascape

Acrylic on canvas // 60cm x 90cm

£650

Depth markings on a riveted old ship, maybe discharging grain in Birkenhead. 

Crust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crust 1

Acrylic on canvas // 60cm x 90cm

£650

Here I was exploring how successively applied colours can give depth and archaeology to a surface, replicating what happens when ships change owners and are given a new paint scheme.

Crust 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crust 2

Acrylic on canvas // 60cm x 90cm

£650

In this pair I was exploring how successviely applied colours can give depth and archaeology to a surface, replicating whant happens when ships change owners and are given a new paint scheme.

Cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool

Acrylic on canvas // 30cm x 30cm

£350 

Sherbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherbert

Acrylic on canvas // 30cm x 30cm

£350 

Steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steel

Acrylic on canvas // 30cm x 30cm

£350 


 

Sweetie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweetie

Acrylic on canvas // 30cm x 30cm

£350