Lorraine Thorne completed a Bachelor of Education in Art & Design at University of Hertfordshire in 1985, and in 1992 received a Silk Screen Diploma at UCL, London. She was a teacher in Art and Design for several years, but she continued to make art throughout her teaching career and sold her works to private clients and worked to commissions. During this time she participated in her first exhibition in London.
In 1998-2009 Lorraine started travelling, and, being inspired and collecting ideas, she became a full time artist.
The arts council award also brought her to Tuscany to study contemporary fresco, and in 2009, Lorraine returned to teaching for the next 6 years, where she taught fine art and collaborated on large sets.
Artist's statement: "The majority of my paintings are abstracted images that are reminiscent of landscape, with implied perspectives and blurred distinctions. Abstract forms invite analogies; plough marks, cloud, water, horizon lines. It is the ambiguity of marks and colour relationships that interest me and the vague narratives that develop with each piece.
I have often painted in oils onto a gesso ground, a surface which has been used for over 500 years, traditionally for Icon paintings. I have always found the combination of the traditional and contemporary a very interesting one. In my latest work, my fascination with landscape continues. The traditional /contemporary juxtaposition continues to inspire me and there remains a narrative which explores a visceral response to our landscapes. With the use of gold and variegated leaf, a very traditional medium, I have been exploring the concept of 'invisible threads of communication' that surrounds us in modern society, the unseen, the unknowable".
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