Sydney-based artist Clinton Gorst started collaging at a young age, creating his own record sleeves of his favourite artists. While in London in the mid-90s, pop culture bible THE FACE magazine was one of his major influences and resource materials for his early collages. This lead to a heightened interest in graphic design, which he studied at design college in Wellington, New Zealand, while simultaneously having his first solo exhibition of collages at Neut Gallery. After graduating in 2001, he relocated to Sydney to focus on his visual career.
Through various solo and group exhibitions, he refined his unique and seamless collage style, perfecting techniques and experimenting in scale, all the while collecting a vast library of vintage books and material resources – essential tools required for analogue collaging.
Blending pop-art and surrealism influences, emerging themes started to form prominently in his highly detailed work, such as architecture – inspired in part, from being born and raised in the Art Deco city of Napier, in New Zealand. While modernist buildings, cities and urbanism permeate his pieces, other subject matter of ancient monuments, mysterious lands, space, technology and beyond, combine to form compelling narratives, and new alternate worlds.
It was this retro-futuristic vision of space and science, that lead to his significant involvement in Future, his first regional gallery showing, at Casula Powerhouse in 2019.
National College of Design and Technology, Wellington (2000)
2021 – THE OTHER ART FAIR, The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney
2021 – OUTLOUD, Tap Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2021 – FOR THE DECKADE, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2021 – BARE BONES, AIRspace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney
2020 – UNTITLED, Traffic Jam Gallery, Neutral Bay, Sydney
2020 – OUTLOUD, Tap Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2019 – FUTURE, Turbine Gallery, Casula Powerhouse. A major component of GIANT LEAP multi-arts program.
2019 – Anala Art Advisory, Glenbrook, NSW
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
2005 – BIRTHDAY SUIT COLLECTION. Solo show at Café Lounge, Surry Hills, Sydney
2005 – A NIGHT OF DECEIT. Suzie Q’s, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2002 – OUTBURST, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2000 – Pablos Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. Invited to give collage tutorials to resident artists, culminating with a group show as result of body of work.
2000 – PICTURE THIS. Solo show. Brio Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2000 – CUT IT OUT. Debut solo show at Neut Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.