New Kingdoms are Here

16 September – 20 October 2002

Maureen Paley is pleased to present a second solo exhibition of new work by David Thorpe.

The world of the imagination is endless. We can make anything happen. All things are possible. We can make a world that is magnificent, full of adventure. We can participate and build a world of our dreams. I try through making my own pictures. I try to show these adventures, to make a world full of epic yet often modest moments.

I try to show a world as a wondrous place filled with spectacular lives and spectacular views. My work tries to help me see that all is possible, that we can transcend all limitations. My pictures are labours of love; I want to physically make this world come close to me. Through my imagination and so through my art all harm stops, all fear stops, excitement reigns. I try to show people living without fear; full of happiness; being who they want to be, doing what they want to do, going where they want to go. There must be no barriers. I want to make a world of endless pleasure.

David Thorpe

David Thorpe is to be to be included in the forthcoming exhibition Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, MoMA QNS, New York, from 16 October 2002 – 06 January 2003.

Recent exhibitions include Futureland 2001, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Extended Painting, Monica de Cardenas, Milan; Future Perfect: art on how architecture imagined the future; Cornerhouse, Manchester and Twisted, Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven. His work is collected widely both in Europe and abroad.