Gerard Hemsworth

Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, Gerard Hemsworth’s artistic practice has involved a range of media, from conceptual art to painting and printmaking.

He states that “in order for contemporary art to avoid losing its criticality and being consumed and assimilated, it must undermine and question the rules of engagement and the way they are positioned within our culture. Consequently, in order to transcend art’s orthodoxy, the artist needs to find ways to destabilise its familiarity and to capitalise on the preconceptions and assumptions that are brought to their work. If it is not to become complicit within its own culture, contemporary art has to remain outside the expected rules of engagement.”