Stephen Thorpe

Stephen Thorpe

London, Peckham, United Kingdom

About Stephen Thorpe

Thorpe’s work reveals a meticulous and intensely vivid exploration of the inner life as the only true retreat from the stultifying world of form and offers a window on to a highly personal but culturally situated struggle to reclaim a space in which to articulate the irrational and spontaneous dimensions of the human existence.



Born in Margate, England (1981), Thorpe moved as a child to Scotland. Having traveled throughout his early twenties, Thorpe graduated in 2010 from Gray s School of Art in Aberdeen with a First Class Honours degree in Painting. Upon graduating, he has received the Alexandrina McKenzie Legacy and the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries Award. At the New Contemporaries 2011 exhibition, Thorpe was awarded the (RSA) Sir William Gillies Bequest and the (RSA) The Skinny Award. His work has most recently featured in Saatchi Gallery Online's top ten weekly paintings and was represented at Art Verona, Italy, in October.


Education

Royal College of Art - MFA painting 2013-2015
Gray's School of Art - Painting 2010

www.stephen-thorpe.com

Events

Awards and Scholarships

2018 Appointed Professor of Painting and Foundation Studies at SCAD University Hong Kong

2015
Battersea Arts Station Purchase Prize

2014
The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Award for 2014 & 2015

2013
Places and Spaces showdown winner, Saatchi Gallery
3rd Ward (Brooklyn, NY) Open Call 2011 Prize Winner

2011
Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award
Royal Scottish Academy Sir William Gillies Bequest Award
Royal Scottish Academy The Skinny Award

2010
Alexandria Mckenzie Legacy Award

Exhibitions

GROUP

2017
'Further Away', Copeland Gallery, London
'RSA Open', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland


2015
'It’s All a Matter of Perspective', Battersea Arts Station, Battersea, London

MA Degree Show, Sackler Building, Battersea, Royal College of Art, London

WIP Show, Sackler Building, Battersea, Royal College of Art, London

RCA Secrets, Dyson Building, Battersea, Royal College of Art, London

2014
WIP Show, Hockney Gallery, Kensington, Royal College of Art, London

RCA Secrets, Dyson Building, Battersea, Royal College of Art, London

2013
Places and Spaces, Saatchi Gallery, London

2012
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Importance of Being Original, Perlini Arte Padova, Italy

2011
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Arte Verona Fair, Perlini Arte Padova, Italy

Venus+Demarco+ Beuys, Demarco Archives, Edinburgh, Scotland

Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2010
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

Gray Matter, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland



SOLO

2012
Once It’s In You, It Never Goes Away, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Poetics of Space, Whitespace, Edinburgh, Scotland

2011
Room To Walk, Blair’s College and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland

2010
E.Q Design Showcase, Aberdeen, Scotland

2009
Imagining Space, Blair’s College and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland