Born 1972, London, United Kingdom.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

selected press

this is tomorrow, August 2012

Art in America, February 2011

Education

  • 1991-94

    Humberside University, Lincoln, BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • 1996-98

    Goldsmiths University, London, MA Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions

  • (C) denotes that a catalogue was published with the exhibition.

  • 2017

    David Thorpe, Lush Underground, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2016

    David Thorpe - Loved Underground, Meyer Riegger Berlin, Berlin Germany

  • 2015

    Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • 2012

    Maureen Paley, London, UK.
    The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK.

  • 2010

    Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany.
    Casey Kaplan, New York, USA.

  • 2009

    A Weak Light Flickering, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany.
    David Thorpe Veils and Shelters, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (C).

  • 2008

    Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany.

  • 2007

    Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany.
    The Defeated Life Restored, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland;
    Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany (C)

  • 2006

    A Meeting of Friends, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, USA.

  • 2005

    Maureen Paley, London, UK.
    303 Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 2004

    The Colonists, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany.
    The Colonists, Art Now space, Tate Britain, London, UK.

  • 2003

    Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2002

    Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK.

  • 1999

    Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK.

Group Exhibitions

  • (C) denotes that a catalogue was published with the exhibition.

  • 2017

    And Then There Were None, Meyer Riegger, Karslruhe, Germany

  • 2016

    Sitting on branch, von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland
    The Science of Imaginary Solutions, Breese Little, London, UK

  • 2014

    Never Look Back When Leaving, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA
    Half past noon, CAN - Centre d art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • 2013

    Labour and Wait, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, U.S.A
    Drawing a Universe, Curated by Ludwig Seyfarth, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2012

    Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, UK.
    Heather & Ivan Morison, Ben Rivers, and David Thorpe, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefileld, UK
    No. 17, Casey Kaplan, NY
    The Power of Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

  • 2011

    From The Recent Past: New Acquisitions, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
    Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. (C).

  • 2010

    The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London, (C)

  • 2009

    The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, St Ives, touring to the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK. (C)
    Delusional Virtuosity, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, Netherlands.

  • 2008

    Haus und Himmel, Museum Kurhaus, Kleve, Kleve.

  • 2007

    Three for Society, 303 Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

  • 2006

    China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
    Sleep of Urlo, curated by Goshka Macuga, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK.
    Toutes Compositions Florales, Counter Gallery, London.

  • 2005

    Blake & Sons – Alternative Lifestyles and Mysticism in Contemporary Art, The Lewis Gluksman, Gallery, University College, Cork
    Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. (C)
    The British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition. (C)
    The triumph of painting, The Saatchi gallery, London. (C)

  • 2004

    Rubell Family Collection, Not Afraid, Wynwood Art District, Miami Florida, USA. (C)
    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. (C)
    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
    A collection, ABNAmro Bank, (C)

  • 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; Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff
    Salon, Delfina Project Space, London
    Twisted. Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting,
    Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, (C)
    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, (C)
    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, London
    Sunshine Breakfast, Michael Janssen Gallery, Cologne
    Sociable Realism, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    The new neurotic realism, The Saatchi Gallery, London. (C)

  • 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

Solo Publications

  • 2008

    David Thorpe, Museum Kurhaus, Kleve, Kleve.

  • 2007

    The Defeated Life Restored, Camden Arts Centre, London.

  • 2004

    A Rendezvous with my Friends of Liberty, Revolver, Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt.

Bibliography

  • 2016

    Street, Ben, Art Reviewed-The Science of Imaginary Solutions, ArtReview, September 2016, p.132.
    Schultz, Deborah, The Science of Imaginary Solution, Art Monthly, July 2016, pp. 31-32.

  • 2012

    Kherbeck, William, David Thorpe: A Rare and Gentle Beast, www.port-magazine.com, 13 July 2012.
    Herbert, Martin, Heather & Ivan Morison, Ben Rivers, David Thorpe, Art Monthly, May 2012, pp. 25, 26.
    Little, Henry, David Thorpe: A Rare Beast, www.thisistomorrow.info, 9 August 2012.

  • 2011

    Israel, Matthew, David Thorpe, Art in America, February 2011

  • 2009

    The Bart Wells Institute book, Edited by Luke Gottelier and Francis Upritchard, 2009.
    Collage: assembling contemporary art, Black Dog Publishing, 2009, pp.186-189.
    German Solo Shows: David Thorpe Hanover, Art World, August/September 2009, p.18.

  • 2008

    Dirksen, Jens, Bildschön, wie gemalt, NRZ, 26 January 2008, p.7.
    Grass, Von Matthias, Visionen – nicht Wirklichkeit, Rheinische Post, 26 January 2008, p.6.
    Sumpter, Helen, Ward, Ossian, Fresh Set of Eyes, Time Out, 23 October 2008, pp.20-23.
    Wood, Catherine, Focus London, Artists Directory: David Thorpe, Flash Art, October 2008, p.97.

  • 2007

    Buck, Louisa, In Vogue: It’s showtime, Vogue, May 2007, pp.73-74.
    Barnes, Freire, David Thorpe: Looking after the environment, www.bbc.co.uk, 17 May 2007.
    Knoll, Valérie, Reviews: David Thorpe, Kunsthaus Glarus, Artforum, Summer 2007, pp. 514- 515.
    Miguel, Victoria, Three for Society, MAP, Autumn 2007, p.55.
    O’Reilly, Sally, Reviews: David Thorpe, Camden Arts Centre, Art Review, Issue 13, July - August 2007, p.128.
    Coomer, Martin, Exhibition of the Week: David Thorpe, Camden Arts Centre, Time Out, 09 May 2007.
    Morris, Jane, Maureen Paley: Gallery Profile, Art World, December 2007, pp.52-55.
    Wood, Catherine, On the ground: London, Artforum, December 2007, pp. 292-293.

  • 2006

    Row, D K, Ovitz collection takes on an adventurous dimension, Sunday Oregonian, 19 February 2006, p6.
    Top 100 Artists, Flash Art, October 2006, pp.68-69.

  • 2005

    Dorment, Richard, When Beauty shocks you into silence, Telegraph, 27 September 2005.
    James, Sarah, British Art Show 6, Art Monthly, Nº291, November 2005, p20 - 21.
    Lafuente, Pablo, Display - Recent installation photographs from London galleries and venues, Rachmaninoff’s , p 31.
    Williams, Eliza, David Thorpe, Flash Art, Nº243, p78.
    Jodidio, Philip, Architecture : Art, Editor , Prestel, pp 196 – 197.
    Caspar David Friedrich ist auch Kitsch, ART Das Kunstmagazin, May
    Pietsch, Von Hans, Hinter dem Rucken der Zivilisation, Art das kuntsmagazin, February 2006, p4 & 50-55.
    Morton, Tom, Call of the Wild. Frieze, Nº 88, January/February

  • 2004

    Sweet, Matthew, Outsider Art, The Independent Magazine, 23 October
    Wood, Catherine, David Thorpe: Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Frieze, No. 84, June - August
    Thorpe, David. The Kingdom of Seekers, Metropolis M, Nr. 2 April/May

  • 2003

    Gronlund, Melissa, Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Contemporary, issue 47/48
    Downey, Anthony, Utopia Remembered, Contemporary, No.51, June 2003
    Pollack, Barbara, Drawing Now: eight Propositions, Art Monthly, February

  • 2002

    Hoptman, Laura, drawing happiness, drawing now: eight propositions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Herbert, Martin. David Thorpe Interim Art, Time Out, Nº 1676 October 02-10
    Lafuente, Pablo, A Room of Their Own, ArtReview, November
    Temin, Christine, A dozen options in landscape at ‘Beyond Barbizon’, Boston Sunday Globe, 14 April 2002, p8.
    Vuori, Jyrki, Nuori brittitaide rullala, Turun Sanomat, 16 November 2002.

  • 2001

    Ad. M, La pittura: un remake o un bisogno fisiologico, Giornale Dell’Arte, April 2001.
    Beatrice, Luca. Extended Painting, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Flash Art, Vol.XXXIV Nº 219 July-September 2001.
    Chung, Karen. Cut-and-Paste Poet, Wallpaper, 36, March
    Dell’Orso, Silvia, Da Haring a Linke per i dritti dell’uomo, Tutto Milano, March 2001, p40.
    Hamre Dagsland, Sissel, Lek og moro I Kunstforeningen, Bergens Tidende, 12 October 2001, p23.
    Hovedsalene: Tailsliding, Bergens Kunstforening, 12 October 2001.
    Da Londra e New York ecco il nuovo figurative, Arte, June 2001.
    Extended painting, Arte e Criteria, June 2001.
    Extended painting, Time Out Milano, March 2001.
    La pittura per estensionne, Kult, 2001.

  • 2000

    Blotkamp, Carel, Het broene hart van Global City, De Volkskrant, 28 September.
    Dates: Art, David Thorpe, Blueprint, January
    Geerling, Let, Mr. DOB meets Mr. Darwin: Geschilderde natuurbeelden, Metropolis M, December 2000, p24-28.
    Gellatly, Andrew. David Thorpe, Interim Art, frieze, Issue 52 May.

    Hartog Jager, Hans den, Het paradijs is ongenietbaar, Trippy landschapen in Eindhoven, Handelsblad, 29 September 2000.
    Herbert, Martin. David Thorpe at Interim Art, London, london.co.uk magazine
    Herbert, Martin. David Thorpe, Interim Art, Time Out, Nº1543 January 12-19
    De tijdgeest betrapt, Algemeen Dagblad, 26 September 2000.

    Prince, Nigel. Future Perfect, Untitled, Nº 23
    Roos, Robert, Figuratie Met Eeen draai, Kunstbeeld, No. 10, October 2000, p24&25.
    Spaniniks, Angelique, Hadeendaagse hallucinaties, Eindhovens Dageblad, 28 September 2000.

    Spijkerman, Sandra, Een verzameling bijzondere landschappen, Trouw, 01 November 2000.
    Thorpe, David. David Thorpe, Inter Vista, Vol. IV Nº23 Summer
    Art: David Thorpe @ Maureen Paley.Interim Art, Tank 6#
    Van de Velde, Paola, Romantiek vermengd met Walt Disney, Telegraaf, 04 October.
    Van Neerven, Gabriel, Fotografische landschappen in het Van Abbe. 06 November 2000.
    Verstraten Meggie, ‘Verdraaide’ Landschappen, Vereniging Vrienden Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, November 2000, p4-6.
    Williams, Gilda. Profile: Paper Moon, Art Monthly, Nº 233 February
    Williams, Gilda. David Thorpe, Twisted, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (cat.)
    Eindoven, Volkskrant, 21 September, 2000.
    Eindoven, Volkskrant, 28 September, 2000.
    Exhibition: Twisted, Expats Magazine, 16 October 2005, p40.
    Twisted. Urban and visionary landscapes in Contemporary Painting, De, November 2000.
    Twisted, Vitrine, November 2000.
    Twisted: International jonge kunstenaars in Van Abbe, Weekend voor Deurne, 21 September 2000.
    Wakker in een nieuwe wereld, moderne media doen intrede in figurative kunst, Spits, 21 September 2000.

  • 1999

    von Planta, Regina. David Thorpe bei Interim Art, Kunst-Bulletin 12, December
    Essential Art: David Thorpe, The Big Issue
    McLaren, Duncan. David Thorpe, The Independent on Sunday, 12 December
    Grant, Simon. Housing estate art, The Guardian Guide, 11-17 December
    Sumpter, Helen. Galleries: Choice,
    The Evening Standard Hot Tickets, 03-09 December
    Beard, Alan. The Lookout, frieze, Issue 47 July August
    Johnson, Ken. The Sea, The Sea, The New York Times, 16 July
    Morrison, Paul. Bonjour Monsier Caulfield, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 22
    Judd, Ben. The Lie of the Land, Flash Art, Vol. XXXII Nº 205 March April
    Windsor, John. The Independent Collector, The Independent, 12 January
    Smith, Robert, More Space for Young Artists, New York Times, 1999.

  • 1998

    Garnett, Robert. Die Young Stay Pretty, Art Monthly, Nº 222, 98-99
    Collings, Matthew. Being Entertained, Modern Painters, December
    the new wave of top art, Elle Decoration, December
    Urban Art, International Textiles, Nº 799 December
    Cumming, Laura. Louise Bourgeois/Die Young Stay Pretty, The Observer
    Searle, Adrian. Dumb and Dumber, The Guardian, 01 December
    Morley, Simon. The Friedrich Factor, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 19
    Artclub Quarterly, Habitat, London, autumn edition
    The New Neurotic Realism, The Saatchi Gallery, London (catalogue)
    Maloney, Martin. The art of David Thorpe, Frank, June
    Beech, Dave. Sociable Realism, Art Monthly, Nº 214 March

  • 1997

    B.o.n.go, Artist Newsletter, July

  • 1996

    Owen, Peter. Is it a fact?, Creative Camera, April May.