Solo exhibition presented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
24th September – 6th October 2012
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is delighted to announce the solo show of new works by artist Tom Leighton.
Tom Leighton’s new works reveal the poetic beauty that can result from painstaking digital manipulation. Leighton has travelled through Europe, Asia and North America, building up an impressive body of photographic images that he then combines to make fantastical landscapes. The resulting works test our instincts. Do I recognise that building? Where are those mountains?
The exhibition title, Collective View hints at some of the many themes of Leighton’s work. A ‘collective’ is essentially a group, or something describing the group. Leighton’s images abound with groups of buildings, people, objects – like in Golden Gate or Paris 1. But there is also a strange congruence - ‘collective’ also means making a whole.
Many of the buildings are famous; symbols that allow Leighton to juxtapose themes such as classical civilisation (the Roman Forum) and today’s financial sector (London’s Gherkin); work and leisure, city and country. Classical architecture demonstrates how much the world has changed, and on another level, how ancient buildings have lost their original functions and evolved into tourist sites. Leighton’s images point at how our landscapes and the buildings within reflect our past, present and futures.
Tom Leighton graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 and has since shown internationally. His work has been acquired by Museum & Foundation collections as well as a number of corporate and private international collections. In 2009 the Tate organised a Tate Patrons visit to his studio hosted by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. His 2010 Solo exhibition received a 5* Review in the Independent.
In 2006 he won the John Purcell Paper Prize and the Thames & Hudson Book Prize. He has exhibited in London, Paris, Tokyo and the United States. Collections include The Sandor Family Collection, Chicago, MuCEM (French National Museum of European and Mediterranean civilizations), Tiroche Collection, UK/Israel, The Shein Family Collection of Pennsylvania, Felix Robyns, 12 Advisors Group, London/Brussels, Nicholas Topiol, President of Christian Lacroix, Paris, The UBS Art Collection, JCA Group, London & The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.