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- Just under life-sized figurative sculptures in bronze, originally made in clay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
- 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)