John Tsombikos (BORF) at Lazarides

Lazarides Rathbone is presenting a new solo exhibition by American artist John Tsombikos, formerly known as BORF. The exhibition opens with a private view tonight from 6pm and runs until 20th December.

Entitled BORF Show, the exhibition marks a monumental turning point in the artist’s career as he further develops and extends the cathartic project of his moniker, by which he popularly came to be known, to assume a new artistic identity.

For his inaugural exhibition under his birth name, Tsombikos continues to explore the work of his 20th century contemporary predecessors in an array of urban media types. Referencing masters of abstract expressionism, the artists pays tribute to Lucio Fontana, Christopher Wool, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Brice Marden, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Adolph Gottlieb. Themes of authority, control and power feature heavily in both the technique and content, commenting upon political and social frictions while presenting a progressive transition from graffiti into an unforgiving body of new work.

BORF Show showcases a new subtle and complex selection of works that reinvents abstract art, challenging the audience to look at what is traditionally the tool of a vandal in a different light.