No. 20 Arts – Tom de Freston: From Darkness

4 March - 18 June, 2022
Tom de Freston, At the cliff edge (2021), Oil on canvas, 200 x 125 cm, © The Artist, Image Courtesy of No. 20 Arts, London

Private View & Book Launch: Thursday 3 March: 6 – 8.30pm

No 20 Arts is delighted to present FROM DARKNESS, a solo exhibition of new works by Tom de Freston. Coinciding with the publication of his book, Wreck (Granta), this exhibition presents paintings and sculptures which explore themes of horror and suffering, alongside beauty and melancholy.

In his artist statement, Tom de Freston writes: “For the past four years, I have been collaborating with the Syrian writer Professor Ali Souleman and documentary film maker Mark Jones. Ali lost his sight to a bomb blast in Syria in 1997 and we were attempting to translate his experiences of war and displacement into a collection of paintings. To make the unseen seen. Then, a month before the first lockdown, a fire gutted my studio, destroying twelve years’ worth of work in a matter of hours. Amongst the burnt debris, I had a moment of instinct: this would not be an end, but a new beginning.

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