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

Selected Press

Casey Kaplan Gallery, Artist Stories - David Thorpe, Casey Kaplan, 2020
This is Tomorrow
, Review, David Thorpe: A Rare Beast, Henry Little, 9 August 2012
Art in America
, David Thorpe, Matthew Israel, February 2011

Education

1991

Humberside University, Lincoln, BA (Hons) Fine Art

1996

Goldsmiths University, London, MA Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions

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

2022

We have come to display but may come back to destroy, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA

2019

UNDERGROUND, Maureen Paley, London, UK

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.

2020

A Means To An End, Galerie Meyer Riegger, Germany

2019

Modern Nature, Drawing Room, London, UK (C)

2018

Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, AttercliffeTM, Sheffield, UK

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

2018

Baker, Smith, Art + Australia 2018 Issue Three (54.2): Unnaturalism, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2018, p 53 & p 116, (catalogue)

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

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

2011

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

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.
The Bart Wells Institute book, Edited by Luke Gottelier and Francis Upritchard, 2009.

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.
Coomer, Martin, Exhibition of the Week: David Thorpe, Camden Arts Centre, Time Out, 09 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.
Morris, Jane, Maureen Paley: Gallery Profile, Art World, December 2007, pp.52-55.
O’Reilly, Sally, Reviews: David Thorpe, Camden Arts Centre, Art Review, Issue 13, July – August 2007, p.128.
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

Caspar David Friedrich ist auch Kitsch, ART Das Kunstmagazin, May
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.
Jodidio, Philip, Architecture : Art, Editor , Prestel, pp 196 – 197.
Lafuente, Pablo, Display – Recent installation photographs from London galleries and venues, Rachmaninoff’s , p 31.
Morton, Tom, Call of the Wild. Frieze, Nº 88, January/February
Pietsch, Von Hans, Hinter dem Rucken der Zivilisation, Art das kuntsmagazin, February 2006, p4 & 50-55.
Williams, Eliza, David Thorpe, Flash Art, Nº243, p78.

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

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

2002

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
Da Londra e New York ecco il nuovo figurative, Arte, June 2001.
Dell’Orso, Silvia, Da Haring a Linke per i dritti dell’uomo, Tutto Milano, March 2001, p40.
Extended painting, Arte e Criteria, June 2001.
Extended painting, Time Out Milano, March 2001.
Hamre Dagsland, Sissel, Lek og moro I Kunstforeningen, Bergens Tidende, 12 October 2001, p23.
Herbert, Martin. David Thorpe Interim Art, Time Out, Nº 1676 October 02-10
Hovedsalene: Tailsliding, Bergens Kunstforening, 12 October 2001.
Hoptman, Laura, drawing happiness, drawing now: eight propositions, The
Lafuente, Pablo, A Room of Their Own, ArtReview, November
La pittura per estensionne, Kult, 2001.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
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
Da Londra e New York ecco il nuovo figurative, Arte, June 2001.
Dell’Orso, Silvia, Da Haring a Linke per i dritti dell’uomo, Tutto Milano, March 2001, p40.
Extended painting, Arte e Criteria, June 2001.
Extended painting, Time Out Milano, March 2001.
Hamre Dagsland, Sissel, Lek og moro I Kunstforeningen, Bergens Tidende, 12 October 2001, p23.
Hovedsalene: Tailsliding, Bergens Kunstforening, 12 October 2001.
La pittura per estensionne, Kult, 2001.

2000

Blotkamp, Carel, Het broene hart van Global City, De Volkskrant, 28 September.
De tijdgeest betrapt, Algemeen Dagblad, 26 September 2000.Geerling, Let, Mr. DOB meets Mr. Darwin: Geschilderde natuurbeelden, Metropolis M, December 2000, p24-28.
Eindoven, Volkskrant, 21 September, 2000.
Eindoven, Volkskrant, 28 September, 2000.
Exhibition: Twisted, Expats Magazine, 16 October 2005, p40.
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
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
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.
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.)
Wakker in een nieuwe wereld, moderne media doen intrede in figurative kunst, Spits, 21 September 2000.
–––, Dates: Art, David Thorpe, Blueprint, January
–––, Art: David Thorpe @ Maureen Paley.Interim Art, Tank 6#

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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