Atmospheric, evocative, instantaneous depictions of a side of reality which is always interpreted and never defined. These horizons seem to portray something that doesn’t let itself be portrayed. The sweeping views are at times interrupted by ambiguous outlines of indecipherable elements, as if a no-entry sign were hovering above the landscape.
After having attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Tommaso Gorla (1981) continued his studies in Visual Arts at IUAV University in Venice, and in Anthropology of Memory at EHESS in Paris. He lives and works in London.
He made his debut in world of illustration, and as of 2008, has focused increasingly more on painting. Both in his artistic work and in his theoretical research, his interests revolve around the relationship between image and memory. In particular, he’s captivated by the persistence of predominant elements which are imprinted on the memory when remembering an image. In recent years, he has been producing works grouped into series: landscapes, portraits, bestiaries. The sense of “suspension” which characterizes his works arises from the tension between subject and memory: art can only reflect this pause, it is up to the viewers to extrapolate some truth from what they see.
Some noteworthy exhibitions: Everything Was Quiet, Centre For Recent Drawing, London, United Kingdom, 2017; 30 Clouds, Narrenkastl, Frohnleiten (Graz), Austria, 2015; Incomplete Landscape, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, 2014; Surviving the Savage Sea, Centre For Recent Drawing, London, UK, 2014; Tommaso Gorla. Doppia Personale con Marina Ferretti, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, 2011; Tommaso Gorla da Zuni, Zuni Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, 2008.
Some important collective exhibitions and curatorial projects: Museo D’Inverno: Collezione di Luigi Presicce, Museo D’Inverno, Siena, 2018; Sixty, Lubomirov-Angus Hughes, London, United Kingdom, 2016; Previsouly, Patricia Armocida Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2016; The Indipendent Artist Fair 2015, Rag Factory, London, United Kingdom, 2015; 15/h24, Ex Mobilificio Galleria Bertoni, Cervignano del Friuli, Italy, 2015; A5, Art Athina / Lubomirov Easton Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2015; Surviving the Savage Sea, Centre For Recent Drawing, London, United Kingdom, 2014.
He realized the solo project Clouds, Narrenkastl, Frohnleiten (Graz), Austria in 2015.
He also got the following awards: INDA 2010 – International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; 92ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy, 2008-2009.