Thorburn’s work combines both the decorative and the anatomical to create an intermediate space in which the organic and inorganic merge. Saturating the canvas with bright, clean colours, forms emerge suggestive of limbs, internal organs, and plants intertwined in ambiguous combinations. Influenced equally by the palettes of the fauves and pop artists such as Tom Wesselmann, the works evoke sundrenched climates, the lime greens contrasting with brilliant oranges and deep crimson. The colours of southern France and Morocco infuse the paintings with a vivid energy.
Recent work simultaneously creates and resists a sense of depth; flat areas of colour dominate the canvases, yet arches and apertures intimate three-dimensional space. Palm trees, vines, and cacti surround fragments of reclining nudes and fractured bodies in indeterminate gardens and courtyards. These dissected figures are painted with a simplicity of form and vigour of line, at once innocent and unnerving. The forms have become simpler and looser, in comparison to the artist’s earlier, intricate paintings combining Persian rug designs with densely work anatomical imagery.
Born in 1983, Will Thorburn lives and works in London, UK. Having studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University, he completed his MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2016. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the UK.
Solo and Fairs
The Other Art Fair (October 2013). The Truman Brewery, London.
Endings (August 2011). Gallery 27, London.
Show One: Do Undo Redo (May 2016). Central Saint Martins, London.
I Own All Your Secrets (December 2015). Central Saint Martins, London.
The Frivolous Now (June/ July 2015). Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London.
You’re The Reason Our Friends Are Ugly (March 2015). The Laundry, London.
Spring Contemporary (March 2013). Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London.
Spring Contemporary (April 2012). Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London.
Untitled (Parts 1 and 2) (August/ September 2010). Windsor House, London.
Living Ornaments (July 2010). Gallery 27, London
Our Friendship Has Great Potential ( July 2009). Acquire Arts, London.
The Way Of All Flesh (June 2008). Grosvenor Way, London.
Open Studio (May 2008). Norlington Road Studios, London.
The Hole In The Brambles, (March 2007). Start Gallery, Brighton.