Richard Thorn SWAc


1952                        Born Torquay, Devon

1957                        Started to paint during a hospital stay, aged 5

                                Continued to draw and paint throughout his childhood

                                Frequent family visits to Dartmoor and the Devon coast encouraged the pursuit

                                On leaving school attended Newton Abbot School of Art

                                Early influences centred around the French Impressionists, especially Cézanne, Monet,                                  Pissarro & Gauguin

1971                        Started Rock/blues/jazz career

                                Still plays in a Bossanova jazz quartet called "Ragged Fish"

1985                        Returned to painting to establish a professional career working in watercolour

                                Added influences include Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth

1986                        Princess Michael of Kent was presented with a painting from his exhibition at the                                          Torbay Arts Society

                                Began selling work to collectors and galleries

1992                        First one man show in Godalming

                                Many subsequent mixed and solo exhibitions at nearby locations including Fowey                                           River Gallery, Fowey; Triton Gallery, Torquay; Sharon Davies Gallery, Totnes;

                                 Rosemoor Gallery, North Devon, and further field with the Bourne Gallery, Reigate:

                                  Panter & Hall, London and The Portuguese Embassy, London.

2008                        Included in a book of contemporary Devon artists published by Hallsgrove

2009/10                  Solo exhibition at John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

2010                        Solo exhibition at Torre Abbey, Torquay

                                Solo exhibition Alexander Gallery

2011                        Group exhibition Davidson Fine Art Gallery, Totnes

2013                        Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

                                John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

                                Spring Exhibition, Joan Gillespie

                                Summer Autumn Exhibition, Sasha Harding

                                Autumn Exhibition, Stephen Mangan

2014                        Spring Exhibition: Joan Gillespie & Others

                                 Summer Exhibition: Astrid Trügg & Others
                                 Autumn Exhibition: David Curtis & Others
                                 Richard Hagen, Broadway
2015-18                   John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
Awards:                  Winner of the Schminke Award at the Royal Institute Exhibition 2016
                                 RI award (John Purcell Award) 2017

Additional exhibitions in chronological order from 1984

Godalming Gallery (Surrey)
Portuguese Embassy (London)
R.I. Open exhibition (London)
RWS Open exhibition (London)
Bakehouse Gallery (Cornwall)
John Robertson Gallery (Reigate, Surrey) (4 Exhibitions)
Torre Abbey (Torquay)
Davidson fine art (Totnes) (7 mixed shows)
Alexander Gallery (Bristol) (Bath) (3 Exhibitions)
Beside the wave Gallery (Falmouth)
Falmouth Art College (mixed show)
Atlantic Mapworks (Falmouth) 
SWAc open exhibitions (3 mixed shows)
Afordable Art Fair (London, Bristol, Edinburgh).