JIM THORNTON

Artist's Statement

For the past several years I've been constructing images that force a contradiction between illusionistic space and

physical space or presence. These are paintings with one voice saying, "This is what's happening", with another saying, "I wouldn't bet on it". The painting's size and  materials scale the conversation, so to speak.

The references are internal and are shaped by the preoccupation of the extremities of material (wood, canvas, paint, cement, polyfilla, etc.), its behaviour and the crafting of it. External references are to the experience of the

natural world and the memory, musings and analysis of it through history, science, literature and the arts.

I like to think of this activity as a kind of applied agnosticism; a possibly silly attempt at reaching for the unknowable, a peak behind the curtain, a sniff of what is behind the material stuff. Its sitting at the window

watching the disappearance of what seems  to  have been there, weighing the untrustworthiness of sight as

connected to thought, ambition or mere cultural conditioning.

So its to begin a painting from a single entry point but as the certainty of coming to an end or exit unravels (either

by materials insisting on defining their own meaning or uncooperating terms of illusion) one is forced to stop,

re-enter. Attempt a different route. In this outcome it is easy to project moments  of insight or prolonged discomfort

as the departure from cognitive awareness shifts to acceptance of infinite possibility.

It is in this sense I am trying to create small situations that challenge what we think we see or know.

 

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# 17 In This Garden The Rose Is One Thing

And The Thorn Another Thing

mixed on MDF, 15" x 11", $ 900

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# 39 Yellow Blossoms

collage mixed media on Arches Paper, 8" x 10"

framed $ 850

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# 41 Easter

mixed on Paper, 5" x 9"

framed $  250

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# 52 Pink

mixed on Paper, 4.5" x 6.5"

framed $ 250

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# 60 Chamber

mixed and collage on board, 7" x 6"

framed $ 250

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# 63 Indian Summer

acrylic on sandpaper, 7" x 6"

framed $ 250

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# 27 Speaking In Tongues

mixed and collage on plywood

48" x 48" $ 5000

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# 71 Ontological Instability

mixed on plywood and carved

48" x 48" $ 5000

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# 16 Big Trouble on Little Ridge

mixed and collage on MDF

28" x 24" $ 3000

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# 35 Eclipse

oil on linen, 18" x 16"

framed $ 980

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# 74 Waweig Waterfall

mixed and collage on masonite

14" x 10"  $ 900

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# 76 Landscape

mixed on paper, 10.5" x 8"

framed $ 500

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# 26 The Becoming,Being and Resurrection of Teep: Childhood Hero

acrylic on board

48 x 48 in,     $ 3500

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mixed on card board

14.5 x 19 in,     $ 1200

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# 80 Small Painting

oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in,

framed                 $ 900

# 94 The Witness

oil on board 26.5 x 36.5 in, with

painted frame                 $ 1800  

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# 20 Torture In East Timor

acrylic on plywood

31 x 23.5 in.    $ 1950

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There is no balm in Gilead

carved, painted and collage on plywood

29.5 x 30 in,  $ 2150

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Belief

acrylic on canvas

59" x 47"

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OOPS

mixed on canvas

25" x 25"  $ 1850

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# 97 The Shadow

mixed on wood

32" x 23"

$ 1900

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some details of "The Shadow" by Jim Thornton
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A Summer Nights Dream 

mixed on wood

48" x 24" 

 

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For the coffee table:  


Book 2

Cover and "book" inside

mixed on  wood

$ 850

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Story Book Nr  11
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  9 
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  2 
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  1
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  7
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  3
oil on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr  8
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr 12
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

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Story Book Nr 4
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460 

Story Book Nr 5
mixed on plywood

10" x 8"

 $ 460