Meet Gary Drostle, studio holder at our iconic brutalist Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead.
Gary designed the De Luci Fish sculpture on the local Erith roundabout, connecting the history of the area with a new image for Erith and Thamesmead.
His works have won numerous awards including 2019 National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association award; a 2015 Prix Picassiette award; 2014 MAI Contemporary Innovation in Mosaic award; 2008 MAI Miami Best Architectural Mosaic award.”
“Since leaving art college in 1984 I have been dedicated to creating large scale public works. My work usually aims to bring to light the hidden stories and histories of the particular site, especially the invisible stories of ordinary and often extraordinary people.”Gary Drostle
“Initially creating painted murals I soon moved into working with mosaic as a way of creating a more durable and permanent surface. This led me into creating floor and wall site specific artworks. Since discovering the medium of mosaic I have undertaken many major commissions across the UK and abroad. I also make sculptural mosaic works – concrete sculptures encrusted in mosaic which add another layer to the meaning of the works.”Gary Drostle