Born in 1990, they* lives and works in Brooklyn.
Their work, which centres on painting, has also extended to embrace installation and sculpture. Their cryptic paintings are enigmas which explore a visual dialogue between figurative language and territory by incorporating painting, drawing, collage and recuperated readymade objects. Blurring the frontiers between abstraction and figuration, their paintings include direct, simple, sometimes child-like signs and are based on a balance and a solid knowledge of art history (from rock paintings to abstract expressionism).
Torey Thornton’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Modern Art (London) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), and in group shows including the 2017 Whitney Biennial (NY), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama) and Studio Harlem (NY).
* Torey Thornton prefers to be referred to using non-binary pronouns
Photo: courtesy Jason Schmidt