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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 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 on the island of Mon in Denmark two years running, and takes commissions, one of which included a series of 19th Century Indian Maharajahs.

Exhibition History

Sep 2012Liza'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
2003-2012Open Studio, Artist At Home, Chiswick, London. http://www.artistsathome.net
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

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