Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Three Artists-One World

I am honored to be exhibiting along with two brilliant artists: Toni Scott and Charlie Morey for the exhibition "Three Artists-One World" at the Burbank Creative Arts Center.

The exhibition has an opening reception on Friday, June 4th 2010 from 7 to 9pm and runs until June 24th. For gallery information and hours, please call 818 238-5397.

I will be featuring my large paintings of world ceremonies, including images inspired by my experiences in Tibetan refugee settlements and from my recent residencies in Taxco, Mexico.

[John Paul Thornton in front of his painting "Las Angelitas"]

Here is the press release from the show:

Three Artists - One World
Three compelling visionaries present artworks which address human dignity, the passionate longing for spirituality and the all-pervasive natural world which grounds us all. "Three Artists- One World" focuses on three successful mid-career artists: Toni Scott, John Paul Thornton and Charlie Morey, who offer a delightfully diverse range of media, all based upon what compels them most: the discovery of meaning in today's world. Ms. Scott, who recently completed her "Bloodlines" installation for a two-year run at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, has worked in almost all art media, including paint, sculpture, photography, digital, and found objects. Mr. Thornton is known for his "Missing Children -- Portraits of Hope" series of paintings derived from missing children flyers received in the mail and for his large-scale figure paintings inspired by religious ceremonies from around the globe. Mr. Morey has devoted his artistic life to photography and exploration, where he found thoughtful images in such visually fulfilling locations as his home state of Maine, the big island of Hawaii, Yosemite National Park (where he served as an Artist-in-Residence, producing an exhibit called "Digital Yosemite"), and other locations in California, where all three artists currently reside.