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Peter ThornboroughPeter Thornborough

Peter Thornborough

United Kingdom - London - W4

I suffer for my art. Whether it’s by sunstroke from sitting in a field of wheat painting an Italian hill town, torn flesh from clambering through ditches and brambles to get that better view, or ruined espadrilles from cowpats as I trespass for the perfect angle from which to sketch or photograph.


My art is inspired by architecture. There’s architecture in the structure of a cliff, a stand of winter trees, the rushing of a river, the furrows of a ploughed field. Travel inspires me, as do Neolithic structures.


I studied in oil. I now work in acrylic, and sometimes pastel, on a variety of medium including board, panel and canvas.


I employ a variety of different styles to suit the current subject, often contrasting broad areas of surface texture with areas of intense detail. Consequently, I need to reach for the bigger brushes occasionally. Or paint a portrait.


My artistic influences include Andrew Wyeth, Paul Hogarth, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, Turner and the photographer Michael Kenna.


Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Peter studied fine art painting at East Sydney College of Art. He exhibited in Sydney, before becoming an animator, and then an Art Director in the advertising industry.

He then left Australia to travel and settled in London in the mid-1970s.

There, Peter's output was entirely consumed by advertising as Creative Director and Illustrator. In 2001 he found the time to return to his lifelong passion, painting.

He exhibits in galleries in and around London and, since 2003, annually at the Chiswick Artists-At-Home Open Studios.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, had a One Man Show and various joint exhibitions on the island of Mon in Denmark, and accepts commissions from anywhere in the world. These have been as varied as a series of 19th Century Indian Maharajahs to a medieval Italian hilltown, the ancestral home of an Italian-American from Chicago.

Current Exhibitions

20/03/2018Folklore of the South Downs - Petersfield Museum

Exhibition History

Nov2017-Jan2018Joint Exhibition, The Hogarth Club, Chiswick
Nov-Dec 2017Miniature Edition, Liza's Gallery, Denmark
2017Artists At Home 2017, Chiswick, London
2016Joint Exhibition, The Hogarth Club
2016Artists At Home 2016, Chiswick, London
2015Landscape Perspectives, Liza's Gallery, Denmark
2015Artists At Home 2015, Chiswick, London
2015Places, The Hogarth Club
2014The Land, The Wing Gallery, East Sussex, UK
2014The Bloomsbury Group, Liza's Gallery, Denmark
2014Joint exhibition, Liza's Gallery, Denmark
2014The Hogarth Club, Chiswick
2003-2014Open Studio, Artist At Home, Chiswick, London.
2014The Bedford Park Festival
2013The Bedford Park Festival
2012Joint exhibition, Liza's Gallery, Denmark
2012Winter's Light, The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
2009-2011Bedford Park Summer Exhibition
2009-2010One Man Show, Liza's Gallery, Stege, Mon, Denmark
2007New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London
2006New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London
2006The Rona Gallery, Mayfair, London
2005New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London
2005The Russell Gallery, Putney, London
2005The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2005Latymer Arts Centre, Hammersmith, London
2004Thomas Corman Arts, London NW3
2004Latymer Arts Centre, Hammersmith, London
2003Thomas Corman Arts, London NW3
2003Karen Taylor Contemporary Art Gallery, St Margarets
2003The Franco-British Society, Knightsbridge, London
2002Karen Taylor Contemporary Art Gallery, St Margarets
2002Walton Gallery, Gloucester Road, London
The Riverside Studios, London, W6 9RL
Liza's Gallery, Stege
The Hogarth Club, Chiswick
The Wing Gallery, near Tunbridge Wells
The Wing Gallery, near Tunbridge Wells
Petersfield Museum, Petersfield

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