Paul Gorka, ‘Thistle Dreams’, ca. 2005, DETOUR Gallery
“Thistle Dreams” is a clear representation of artist Paul Gorka's ability to disregard tradition and societies expectations to create art directly from his free flowing conscious, or lack-there-of. One thing is for sure, that there is no lack of imagery or creativity in Gorka's striking oil paintings. A garland of beautifully rendered flowers rests above crimson clouds which release a storm of damaged money and a slew of morose words that merge into a somber man's head. Money falls all over the canvas, guiding the viewer's eyes towards a slew of uneasy scenes. To the left of the gloomy man's face are a painter's palette and collections of frayed paint brushes, most likely similar to the ones Gorka used himself to make this painting. To the left, an uninviting purple hand drags a silk cloth over the man's mouth, another hand in the bottom left corner seems to be pulling at the wave of golden fabric along the bottom of the plane. Bats fly over a scene of a roaring fire burning a building to the ground next to the saddened face. Depleted tubes of oil paint fall towards a viscous Venus fly trap that's home to a bright green serpent. There are some men falling from the night sky into a pair of shabby sneakers. Adjacent to the descending men, is a figure climbing dark stairs towards a mysterious light. “Thistle Dreams” contains surprising imagery and symbolism and displays Paul Gorka's refined painting technique.

About Paul Gorka

American, b. 1931, Nanticoke, PA, United States