Taking inspiration from what he refers to the `new authorities´, from mobile apps to fashion brands, the Spanish-Iraqi artist Gorka Mohamed reflects on the inconsistencies of our sociocultural environment. Flamboyant shape-bending and uncanny cartoonish forms come together in an enigmatic pictorial language, “as if the fact of presenting the toxic found in humanity would work as the catalyst of its own remedy,” explains the artist.
Gorka Mohamed studied Art and Design in Barcelona before completing a Master in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, London. Since his first solo show in 2006, Mohamed has held individual presentations in Spain, UK, France, Lebanon and South Korea, and participated in group shows in London, New York, Moscow and Philippines, among others. By building sculpture-like characters out of a colourful assemblage of shapes and forms, he unravels visually the different layers of our modern-day reality.
In 2013 he received an Honourable Mention from the BEERS Award for Emerging Art, and was included in 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames and Hudson, 2014). His paintings feature in several permanent collections, including Colección SOLO, the Brillembourg Capriles Collection or Patio Herreriano Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art (Valladolid, Spain). Recently he has been researching at the Baladre Art Residency in Lo Pati Centre d’Art-Terres de l’Ebre (Amposta, Spain) and at Ranchito Lebanon Residency with the support of Matadero Madrid.
Gorka Mohamed is an artist supported by Colección SOLO. Original paintings are housed at the art collection in Espacio SOLO (Madrid).