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Torey Thornton

A Grand Swamp Ass, 2014

Oil, enamel, and spray paint on panel
54 × 47 1/2 in
137.2 × 120.7 cm
location
Los Angeles, New York
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About the work
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Moran Moran
Los Angeles, New York
Medium
Painting
Torey Thornton
American, b. 1990
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In his mixed-media paintings, Torey Thornton creates abstract, crudely rendered forms to explore the picture plane as both a spatial field and a medium for conjuring images and sensibilities. The Brooklyn-based painter rejects the canvas, instead preferring the textural possibilities of paper, found wood, and slatted panels, all of which serve as the grounds for spray and acrylic paint, as well as collaged objects. His paintings exhibit various influences, from color field and monochrome painting to biomorphic abstractions. Certain elements suggest recognizable forms—cars, the sun—while others are more cryptic, such as the repeated appearance of perpendicular lines. “For me, it’s a game I play with myself about how to shift the familiar but keep things recognizable enough that you think you know what you’re looking at—almost this tracer image buried in the picture,” Thornton has said.

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Moran Moran
Los Angeles, New York
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Torey Thornton
American, b. 1990
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In his mixed-media paintings, Torey Thornton creates abstract, crudely rendered forms to explore the picture plane as both a spatial field and a medium for conjuring images and sensibilities. The Brooklyn-based painter rejects the canvas, instead preferring the textural possibilities of paper, found wood, and slatted panels, all of which serve as the grounds for spray and acrylic paint, as well as collaged objects. His paintings exhibit various influences, from color field and monochrome painting to biomorphic abstractions. Certain elements suggest recognizable forms—cars, the sun—while others are more cryptic, such as the repeated appearance of perpendicular lines. “For me, it’s a game I play with myself about how to shift the familiar but keep things recognizable enough that you think you know what you’re looking at—almost this tracer image buried in the picture,” Thornton has said.

Torey Thornton

A Grand Swamp Ass, 2014

Oil, enamel, and spray paint on panel
54 × 47 1/2 in
137.2 × 120.7 cm
location
Los Angeles, New York
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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