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Stephen Thorpe

MA work

Hand Me Another Brick Comrade


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Painting, 2015

  • Drawn from memories, visited places, and his immediate environment, my paintings are a meeting place for an array of visual imagery, at once generating a sense of familiarity and displacement. The theatrical absurdity of my work is offered as a metaphor for everyday life, full of contradictions in both the literal and abstract. Rigorous and heavy-handed underpainting gives way to a delicate and more considered approach to the canvas, a fight that results in a rich and textured surface full of chance and imperfection. In ways both overworked and busy, the technique is precise and deliberate.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Greys School of Art, 2010
  • Experience

  • Assistant to curator, Summerhall Gallery and Museum, Edinburgh, 2011–13; Curator, Blairs College and Museum, Aberdeen, 2009–11
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Places and Spaces, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2013; Once It’s In You, It Never Goes Away, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2012; The Poetics of Space, Whitespace, Edinburgh, 2012; RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2012; The Importance of Being Original, Perlini Arte Padova, Italy, 2012; RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2011; Arte Verona Fair, Perlini Arte Padova, Italy, 2011; Room To Walk, Blair’s College and Museum, Aberdeen, 2011; Venus+Demarco+ Beuys, Demarco Archives, Edinburgh, 2011; Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, 2011; New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2011; Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, 2010; Gray Matter, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, 2010; Imagining Space, Blair’s College and Museum, Aberdeen, 2009
  • Awards

  • Scholarship prize, Basil Alkazzi Bursary Award, 2013–15