A body of work, figurative in orientation
Exhibitions & Public Collections
Putney Sculpture Trail: Wandsworth Council installed eight large sculptures to form a permanent installation along the Thames Embankment, South London in 2008.
Stroud Museum in the Park: five pieces were acquired for permanent collection in 2009.
About Alan Thornhill
A substantial body of work, made in clay and figurative in orientation created over a 60 year period. Alan Thornhill’s work encompasses early pottery, portraiture, figurative sculpture and paintings as well as idiosyncratic groups of figures. His radical working methods embracing improvisation and the unforeseen have inspired sculpture students and produced a body of challenging work drawn, in part unconsciously, from personal and shared concerns of the late 20th century.
- Spirit in Mass – Journey into Sculpture, a documentary film on Thornhill’s life and work. Available on DVD. (View a short extract from the DVD below).
- Life-sized portrait heads of eminent and other sitters in bronze, terracotta and cement fondu
- Just under life-sized figurative sculptures in bronze, originally made in clay
- Medium-sized abstract explorations in terracotta
- Small figurative works and reliefs in terracotta, bronze and cement fondu in editions
- 2-Dimensional works including paintings and drawings
- Early pottery and ceramic tables
- Thoughts on creativity and teaching methods by Thornhill
- An essay on Thornhill by Clare Carswell MA (RCA)
September 9, 2013 |
A 40 minute documentary available on DVD which charts Alan Thornhill’s unconventional journey into...
August 8, 2013 |
A permanent installation of nine large sculptures along the River Thames at Putney, South London. A beautiful 1.5...
July 8, 2013 |
ALAN THORNHILL – Sculptures, Drawings and Paintings A personal exploration of the creative process...
June 9, 2013 |
My sculptures are concerned with the ordinary but diverse human predicament and stand, I hope, as a reminder of...
May 9, 2013 |
Traces of an Artist’s Journey: An appraisal of Thornhill’s work
Alan Thornhill describes his sculpture as expressive rather than cerebral. Its images stem from his unconscious and his experience of materials rather than from concept or theory. This does not mean that he is not a thinking man or that a great deal of thought has not gone into the making of his sculptures. It means that he wants us, the viewer, to look at and experience his work directly, without necessarily resorting to the lens of art history or art criticism to do so.