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Punch & Judy, Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire,

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Punch & Judy, Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire,

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Punch & Judy, Putney

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Punch & Judy, Putney

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Pygmalion at Putney

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Pygmalion at Putney

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Sculptures, Drawings and Paintings

Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Sculptures, Drawings and Paintings

Sculptures, Drawings and Paintings

  ALAN THORNHILL – Sculptures, Drawings and Paintings A personal exploration of the creative process The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, Glos GL5 4AF Tel: 01453 763394 www.museuminthepark.org.uk Exhibition – Saturday 9th June to Monday 27th August 2012.   Read an article on Alan’s exhibition that appeared in ‘Stroud Life’, July 4th 2012.¬† This exhibition was part of the Cultural Olympiad and not only celebrated the work of an unconventional British artist and his 60 year connection with the Stroud District, but also offered cultural opportunities for all ages. Special events and workshops aimed to inspire and encourage creativity in adults, children and families, offering everyone a chance to experiment with creative claywork, movement and drawing. [Show as automatic slideshow]...

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Artist’s Statement

Posted by on June 9, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Artist’s Statement

My sculptures are concerned with the ordinary but diverse human predicament and stand, I hope, as a reminder of our shared humanity. They are improvised rather than pre-conceived and are built with randomly pre-formed non-representational shapes made in firmed-up coarsely textured clay, which is the material I have always loved to work with. The process is one of interplay with the material in which the intervention of the unconscious with its ambiguities and improbabilities is obediently heeded. Deliberately devoid of ‘initial idea’ my work is propelled by the process of improvisation. It evolves as an act of faith from an abstract into a figurative or at least an organic statement in accord with my general aspiration: to arrive by an uncharted route at images which strike home. My process is non-conceptual, non-cerebral, not concerned to comment on trends in modern art and has nothing to do with sophisticated technologies. For me, Sculpture is primarily about Mass. A sense of Mass suffused our earliest experiences and the imprint of Mass on our awareness, especially in the context of the human figure is infinitely more telling than the naming of parts. My search is for figurative statements which because massive in quality are sculptural in essence. My work is a celebration of the search for self-discovery and for a rooted sense of personal...

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Clare Carswell’s Article

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clare Carswell’s Article

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.

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Stroud Museum

Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Public Collections | Comments Off on Stroud Museum

Stroud Museum

In 2009, five pieces of sculpture were acquired for a permanent collection at The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire. These are¬†Animaversion, Summoner, Together, Punch and Judy and Exit.                  

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Portrait Heads in Public Collections

Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Public Collections | Comments Off on Portrait Heads in Public Collections

The following portrait heads are in public collections:-

  • National Portrait Gallery (Hugh McDiarmid)
  • College of Orgonomy, New York (A S Neil)
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery (A S Neill)
  • Glasgow City Art Gallery (Manny Shinwell)
  • Humanities Research Center Austin, Texas (Tom Stoppard)
  • Gordon Russell Design Museum (Sir Gordon Russell)

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