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.
A personal exploration of the creative process at The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, Glos GL5 4AF. www.museuminthepark.org.uk. Exhibition – Saturday 9th June to Monday 27th August 2012.
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.
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)