Creating otherworldly and surreal new environments, Clinton Gorst works predominantly with analogue collage. Clinton is a Sydney based artist who started collaging at a young age when his love of music led to creating his own bespoke 7-inch record sleeves of his favourite artists. He found great inspiration during his time spent in London in the 90’s which led to a heightened interest in graphic design, which Clinton then studied at the design college in Wellington, New Zealand. Simultaneously he had his first solo exhibition of collages at Neut Gallery and after graduating in 2001 he relocated to Sydney to focus on his visual career.
Clintons works are created by combining dozens of meticulously cut pieces which then form a new, alternate world. Using original pages from vintage books as resources means he only gets one chance to cut out these objects and this also creates limitations for size. A recent development of custom-printing backgrounds has allowed Clinton to create largescale works within his seamless photomontage process. Storytelling is an important part of Clintons creations and themes can include Brutalist or Modernist architecture, sci-fi and technology to commenting on the climate crisis or creating portals to another dimension. This retro-futuristic vision of space and science lead to Clinton’s significant involvement in FUTURE, his first regional gallery showing at Casula Powerhouse in 2019 which was selected by ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA as one of the top 5 exhibitions to see nationwide. More recently he was asked to be part of BARE BONES at AIRspace projects, where the artists were asked to respond to the poems of JR Waen and through this project, Clinton returned to a focus on people and humanity, a theme that was prominent in his early Pop-style works from the ‘90’s.
“I set my own rules early on when I was developing my collage style so that I would camouflage any noticeable blunt edges or cuts, to make it look as perfect as possible for analogue collage. Problem-solving is an integral part of my process – finding pieces that work both in style and scale is what drives the direction and story of each work. I love to draw people in with my collages, so that with closer or repeated views you may discover minute details, adding context and a sense of revelation to your individual experience of the artworks.” – Clinton
2021 ‘Incognito Art Show’, Paddington, Sydney
2021 ‘The Other Art Fair’, The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney
2020 ‘Untitled.2020’ traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2021 ‘Outloud’, Tap Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2021 ‘For The Deckade’, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2021 ‘Bare Bones’, AIRspace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney
2020 ‘Outloud’, Tap Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2019 ‘Future’, Turbine Gallery, Casula Powerhouse.
A major component of GIANT LEAP multi-arts program.
2019 ‘The Other Art Fair’, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
2018 ‘The Other Art Fair’, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
2017 ‘This Is Sirius’. National Trust, Sydney.
Group tribute for the Sirius building in the Rocks.
2017 ‘The Other Art Fair’, Australian Technology Park, Sydney.
Asked to design the official opening night invitation of the event.
2017 ‘El Fiambre Fabuloso’, TigoMigo Gallery. Terrassa, Barcelona. Artists from all over the world contributed to this tiled “exquisite corpse” Dada piece.
2017 ‘Y.A. Collections’, LemoArt Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
2016 ‘Cut Out Of This World’. Solo show at CAN – Creative Arts Napier, New Zealand
2000 ‘Picture This’. Solo show. Brio Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2000 ‘Cut It Out’. Debut solo show at Neut Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
CANVAS / SAATCHI ART BLOG INTERVIEW:
BLUE MOUNTIANS GAZETTE – June 2019. Feature “Collage art at Anala in Glenbrook”
2000-2001 National College of Design and Technology, Wellington, New Zealand