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David Thorpe EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Kings of The Night
David Thorpe
Kings of The Night

1998

Paper Collage

149 x 168cm
David Thorpe’s work is concerned with the relationship between objects and their makers, with a particular interest in the role of craft and labour in handmade design and art. “I’m playing with certain associations,” he has said, “slightly New Age, slightly Space Age, slightly threatening…I’m absolutely in love with people who build up their own systems of belief.” This idea is reflected in works that variously reference modernist principles of object-making, utopian social architecture, Japanese woodblock prints, and Victorian paper-cutting.
Endeavours

Endeavours (detail)

Endeavours (detail)

David Thorpe
Endeavours

2010

Wood, ceramic tiles, steel

309.2 x 262.3 x 120 cm
In the past Thorpe has made elaborate collaged paintings, but his more recent work explores the actualisation of pattern through unusual three-dimensional renderings that highlight the tension between exquisite decorativeness and the aura of DIY home-craft manuals.
Private Lives

Private Lives (detail)

Private Lives (detail)

Private Lives (detail)

David Thorpe
Private Lives

2010

Plaster, leather, light system, wood stand

107.3 x 106 x 106 cm, Wood stand: 70.5 x 93.3 x 93.3 cm
The works shown here all make reference to an interconnectedness between ideology and lifestyle. I Am Golden (2003) is a miniature temple-like structure that also doubles as a plant stand. Endeavours and Private Lives (both 2010) allude to the aesthetics and theories of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century and the democratising art ideals of William Morris and John Ruskin. Thorpe’s large pattern-covered objects have been executed with the collaborative assistance of skilled artisans trained in recreating labour-intensive medieval recipes for making paint and ceramic moulds.
We Never Sleep
David Thorpe
We Never Sleep

1998

Paper Collage

90 x 176cm
The mesmerising repeated motifs of Endeavours are inspired by William Morris’s elaborate title page for John Ruskin’s famous essay ‘Nature of Gothic’, which defines the artist as ‘a Naturalist’ who seeks true beauty by illustrating nature and the human being ‘in its wholeness’.
Covenant of the Elect
David Thorpe
Covenant of the Elect

2002

Mixed Media Collag

63 x 111 cm
Labour in and of itself stands as the central, distilled idea behind Thorpe’s object, whose functionality is deliberately unclear. Private Lives, a plaster form resting on wooden legs, is similarly adorned with stylised leaves and vines made of carefully cut leather. Emanating from it is a light that imbues the sculpture with an almost devotional symbolic charge of self-sufficiency.
Do What You Have To Do
David Thorpe
Do What You Have To Do

1998

Paper Cut-Out

142 x 170cm
Forever
David Thorpe
Forever

1998

Paper Collage

36 x 145cm
The Quiet Voice
David Thorpe
The Quiet Voice

2004

Mixed Media Collage

42 x 52cm
Fragile Resistance
David Thorpe
Fragile Resistance

2004

Plaster and Leather

59 x 15cm
I Am Golden
David Thorpe
I Am Golden

2002

Mixed Media Installation

Dimensions Variable

David Thorpe's BIOGRAPHY

1972
Born in London, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

1991-1994
Humberside University, BA (Hons) Fine Art

1996-1998
Goldsmiths University, MA Fine Art


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Casey Kaplan, New York, NY
Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany

2009
“A Weak Light Flickering”, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany.
“David Thorpe Veils and Shelters”, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover,
Germany

2008
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany

2007
Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany
“The Defeated Life Restored,” Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland;
Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom; Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve,
Germany

2006
“A Meeting of Friends,” Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2005
Maureen Paley, London
303 Gallery, New York

2004
The Colonists, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Colonist, Art Now space, Tate Britain, London

2003
Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo

2002
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London

1999
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
The Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2009
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom
Delusional Virtuosity, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam,The Netherlands

2008
Haus und Himmel, Museum Kurhaus, Kleve, Germany

2007
Three for Society, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2006
China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
Sleep of Urlo, curated by Goshka Macuga, A Foundation, Liverpool,
United Kingdom
Toutes Compositions Florales,” Counter Gallery, London, United Kindgom

2005
Blake & Sons – Alternative Lifestyles and Mysticism in Contemporary Art,The Lewis Gluksman Gallery, University College, Cork, United Kingdom
Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art,
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
British Art Show 6, various locations

2004
Not Afraid, Rubell Family Collection, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL
Into My World, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Edge of the Real - A Painting Show, Whitechapel Art Gallery,
London

2003
Bootleg, Spitalfields Market, London

2002
We all love … The Mission, London
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, MoMa QNS, New York
Per Saldo, Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch, The
Netherlands
Tailsliding, Bergen Centre for Contemporary Art, Norway,
Vilnius Centre of Contemporary Art, Lithuania, Rotermann
Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia, CASA,
Salamanca, Spain, Turku Art Museum, Finland, Brno House of Arts,
Czech Republic
The Necessary Enemy, Bart Wells Institute, London Beyond
Barbizon, Elias Fine Art, Allston, MA
Painted, Printed and Produced in Great Britain,
Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York

2001
Futureland 2001, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Sages, Scientists and Madmen, One in the Other, London Extended
Painting, Monica de Cardenas, Milan

2000
Future Perfect: art on how architecture imagined the future,
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Salon, Delfina Project Space, London
Twisted. Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting,
Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Future Perfect: art on how architecture imagined the future,
Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff
The Wreck of Hope, The Nunnery Gallery, London
Wooden Heart, AVCO, London

1999
Idlewild, The approach, London
Heart & Soul, 60 Long Lane, London
The Sea, The Sea, Murray Guy, New York

1998
Die Young Stay Pretty, ICA, London
Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd Gallery, London
Ruislip, De Pracktijk, Amsterdam
Post Neo-Amatuerism, Chisenhale Gallery, London
Futures for the Young, Axel Morner Gallery, Stockholm
Printemps, Deutsch Britische Freundschaft
Sunshine Breakfast, Michael Janssen Gallery, Cologne
Sociable Realism, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

1997
David Thorpe and Simon Periton, Habitat, Kings
Road, London
Need for Speed, Grazer Kunstverein Steirischer herbst 97,
Graz, Austria
B.o.n.go, Bricks and Kicks Gallery, Vienna
David Thorpe and Simon Hollington, City Racing, London

1996
Angels, Standpoint Gallery, London