'Press-gang' by Luke Burton

25 Apr-18 May 2024
PV 25 Apr 2024, 6-8pm

Gerald Moore Gallery
London SE9 4RW


A solo exhibition by artist Luke Burton with works produced during his residency at Eltham College from August 2023.

Burton will be presenting recent paintings and sculptures at the Gerald Moore Gallery.

Burton has an ongoing interest in how symbolism operates across visual culture and questions the relationship between craft, ornament, and fine art. He sees painting within an expanded field, specifically in his use of media such as folding screens, flower presses, or vitreous enamels. These contrasting modes also show Burton’s interest in the idea of scale in relation to painting: the scale of architecture, the human scale, and the scale of the miniature or handheld. How do these various scales create a physical and psychic space for intimacy, alienation, empathy, or privilege? Recently, during a three-month residency at the British School at Rome, Burton’s research led him to explore the sticky concept of style and its relationship to ideas around language in painting.

He holds a BA in Painting from Chelsea College of Art and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely including at ICA, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate, National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester; PADA, Lisbon; Kinokino Kunstall, Stavanger, Norway; Bosse and Baum Gallery, London; TJ Boulting Gallery, London; and Union Gallery, London.

Burton was Visiting Fellow and Artist-in-Resident at Girton College, Cambridge University in 2019-20. He received a Jerwood Visual Arts Bursary in 2017 and the Lewisham Art House Award in 2014. In 2023, he received the Abbey Fellowship in Painting at the British School at Rome.

The Gerald Moore Gallery is open to the public every Saturday 10am – 4pm or by appointment. 

The Gerald Moore Gallery is a young centre for modern and contemporary art with learning at its heart. Opened in April 2012, in Mottingham, the gallery is uniquely set within the grounds of Eltham College and is a valuable resource for the students and the local community. The gallery has gained momentum hosting some exciting exhibitions including works by Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, and Cornelia Parker, whilst supporting emerging local artists. In unison with the exhibitions, the gallery's outreach programme works with local community groups, teachers and schools, creating lasting relationships with our locality. Gerald Moore Gallery was made possible with the foresight and generosity of Old Elthamian, Dr Gerald Moore, many of whose works are archived at the gallery and who has a permanent exhibition on display.