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Lorraine Thorne’s practice extends across painting, works on paper and printmaking, through which she explores the collision between ancient landscapes and modern telecommunications. Often concerned with the invasive presence of technology within the natural world, Thorne’s vocabulary of geometric grids and organic abstracted forms evoke the perpetual web of invisible communication networks that haunt our airways. Working with layers of acrylic, gesso, graphite, and gold and copper leaf, Thorne constructs a visceral response to these invisible scars on the landscape, juxtaposing marks indicative of ploughed fields, water and cloud formations, with line-work redolent of electrical circuitry and satellite transmissions. Unseen and seemingly unknowable, Thorne’s work visualises the ‘invisible threads of communication’ which surround us daily. Distorting perceptions of depth, perspective and colour relations, and drawing from both contemporary idioms and pre-modern traditions, Thorne’s practice emerges from an intuitive personal dialogue around the primacy of nature and the rural heritage of the developed world.
Lorraine Thorne studied at the University of Hertfordshire (1985) going on to study printmaking at University College London (1992). Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.K and Europe, including: Christmas Exhibition, NoonPowell Gallery, Notting Hill, London (2020); Visual Variations: Figurative to Abstract, Notting Hill, London (2020); Summer Online Exhibition, NoonPowell Gallery, Notting Hill, London (2020); AAF Battersea, London, 2019; Summer Exhibition, Darryl Nantais Gallery, Linton, Cambridge, UK, 2019; Fresh Art Fair, Ascot, UK, 2019; 500 Years of Women Making Art, Residenza del Palmerino, Florence, Italy, 2012; AAF Battersea, London, UK, each year from 2000-11; L'Art Pour Tous, Cannes, France, 2007; Art Ireland, RDS Ballsbridge Dublin, Ireland, 2004 - 2007; Exhibition, Karen Taylor Fine Art, Gallery Regina, Santa Monica, Italy 2008 & 2009; Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2007; Art on Paper, Royal College of Art, London, 2003-6; Group Exhibition - Kaunas International Symposium at Kauno Paveikslu Galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania, 1998 - The Exhibition was covered by National TV; London Art Fair, London 1989.