Born 1981 in Margate, UK. Lives in Atlanta, GA.
Thorpe is known for his interior-based paintings which are informed by a longstanding interest in psychoanalysis, sociology, folklore, symbolism, and the reality of myth. His painted architectural spaces can be understood as a manifestation of the psyche developed through an ongoing and in-depth self-analysis of the personal and collective unconscious. The rooms are the mind which Thorpe describes as unmapped psychological territories. For the artist, the act of painting is a process of visualizing and harnessing the internal coexistence of order and chaos.
Stephen Thorpe received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. Thorpe’s most recent solo exhibitions include Enter the Forest at the Darkest Point and Semi-Conscious at Ora-Ora Gallery (Hong Kong), and Boundaries of the Soul at Denny Dimin Gallery (New York, NY). His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at Ora-Ora Gallery (Hong Kong), Denny Gallery (New York and Hong Kong), Saatchi Gallery (London, UK), the National Museum (Gdansk, Poland), Copeland Gallery (London, UK), Summerhall (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh, Scotland), and Aberdeen Art Gallery (Aberdeen, Scotland) among others. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Scholarship, Saatchi’s Showdown Prize judged by Kristine Roepstorff and Matthias Weisher, prize winner of the 3rd Ward Open Call, and the Royal Scottish Academy’s The Skinny Award. Thorpe’s work is held in prominent international private and museum collections, and his work has been written about and featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Art Newspaper, Widewalls, ARTnet News, Artnews, Hyperallergic, Surface Magazine and Lifestyle Asia among others. Stephen Thorpe is represented by Denny Gallery (New York) and Ora-Ora (Hong Kong).
Artist Stephen Thorpe sat down with psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen to discuss the intersection between art and psychology.