Putney Sculpture Trail

Putney Sculpture Trail

A permanent installation of nine large sculptures along the River Thames at Putney, South London. A beautiful 1.5 mile riverside walk including parkland and piazzas replete with cafes and restaurants. A unique opportunity to see a collected body of work by Alan Thornhill in an urban setting. The trail was opened in September 2008 and was organisd by Putney Town Centre Partnership with Wandsworth Council. See the Wandsworth borough website for more details. [Show as automatic slideshow]...

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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

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

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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