Jenny Thorburn

I am exhibiting with Pressmore Studio group at The Collective Gallery St Albans from 29 July 2022 to 10 August 2022. Pressmore studio was a shared studio space where I worked from 2009 to 2021. It was a great creative environment for the many artists who passed through during its existence. Sadly the property was sold and we had to leave. To celebrate our time there and all the great work we did, the members at the time it ended are having this exhibition. I shall be showing some of my oil paintings.

I largely work in and with the Southern English landscape. I am interested in it as a artefact, ‘reading’ it and drawing attention to the ‘signs’ in it about its history, current activities, and inhabitants (all creatures). I am particularly interested in human activities in the environment, especially at the edges of settlements and the sea. I walk, map, and draw. In the studio I paint, collage, make woodcuts, and altered and artist’s books.
My daily activities as an artist are driven by challenge and experimentation. The work that emerges from this falls into three main themes:
‘The Common’ – about the common land, public access spaces, and trees in and around the town in the Chilterns where I live.
‘Day Marks’ – this started with navigational markers for ships, but has expanded to an interest in other objects that stand up from the ground to indicate the unseen, such as utility markers.
Colour and pattern – My aesthetic is strongly trained by making patchworks for most of my life and looking at modern abstract paintings. This particularly emerges in my abstract oil painting.

I have published a small book of my woodcuts 'Frith' which can be bought from me, or through I also have a book of text and photographs of my sculpture called 'Gas Marker'.
I have a shop on Etsy called FallstheShadow, where I sell my prints and smaller items. Alternatively, and for other work (paintings)please contact me via the contact page of this website.

Please note that Pressmore studio, where I used to work, no longer exists, and I am working from home. However, please get in touch if you are generally looking for studio or exhibition opportunities in the Berkhamsted area and I will share what I know.