Alastair Gordon (b.1978, Edinburgh), is an artist based in London. This, the first major monograph of the artist’s career, includes over 160 paintings, drawings and documentational photographs, along with notes by Gordon himself. The book introduces this accomplished and engaging new voice in British painting. Gordon’s paintings bring the historic languages of genre painting and the quodlibet into a contemporary discourse that pushes the boundaries of realism, figuration and illusionism to focus on everyday moments. His work often elevates seemingly ordinary objects – feathers, matchsticks, postcards – allowing them to speak to wider concerns of truth, life and death.
An introduction by Julia Lucero, Associate Director of Nahmad Projects, London, emphasises the importance of nature and of meditation within Gordon’s practice. Specifically, Lucero brings out the idea of the ‘axis mundi, that metaphysical and mystical connecting point where heaven meets Earth’. She explores the significance of quodlibet, a seventeenth-century trompe-l’oeil painting technique that Gordon favours, rendering brushstrokes invisible and affording everyday objects new significance, even ‘profound value’. Humble objects such as a matchstick or paper aeroplane might be elevated to the realms of the divine. An essay by Jorella Andrews, Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, brings art history into relation with Gordon’s paintings, making comparisons between subject, form and approach. Andrews’ text further details the recent synthesis of two sides of Gordon’s work: precise illusionism combined with looser observations made in the natural landscape. The publication has been generously supported by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson through Fieldstead and Company.
Alastair Gordon (b. 1978, Edinburgh) is an artist working with painting, drawing and installation, based in London. Gordon received his BA from Glasgow School of Art and his MA from Wimbledon School of Art, London. His work has been shown in recent solo exhibitions at Ahmanson Gallery in Irvine, California (2017), Aleph Contemporary, London (2020 and 2021) and in the group exhibition Unpacking Gainsborough (2021) at Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London.
260 x 210 mm / 10.25 x 8.25 in (p)
c. 180 images
RRP: £30 / €34 / $37
UK Release: 23 May 2023
US Release: 27 June 2023
Edited by Alastair Gordon Studio
Designed by Herman Lelie
Layouts by Stefania Bonelli
Printed by EBS, Verona
Published by Anomie Publishing, London
Distributed by Casemate Art
All images © Alastair Gordon. Photography: Anna Arca, Martin Sturgess and Alastair Gordon Studio