BIO

BORN
1976 - Aiken, SC
EDUCATION
1999 - BFA, University of South Carolina

I typically take things from the past, from pop culture to family photos, and break those images down. I erase the identities in family photos. I draw pop culture stuff with permanent markers. I’ll sometimes pixelate those images. My two overall fixations are memory and change. These memories come from my youth. I remember in the early 90s, when I was in high school, I thought the 80s were so uncool, but it was a unique time. Bright colors. Max Headroom. Blade Runner. The Goonies. R.E.M. The NES and early phases of digital technology. I think using memory and change as my main themes, I'm mostly concerned with mortality. Not really the fear of death, but the fact that we know we’re limited, and we come up with stories and explanations to deal with these circumstances.

For more details about the work, please see this selection of INTERVIEWS.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
There's Still Time, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC
2015
A Long Time Ago, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013
The Land Between Solar Systems, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2012
Unexplained Mysteries of the Universe, Aisho Miura Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Hollis Brown Thornton: The Geography of Space, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC
2008
The Earth on the Back of the Giant Turtle, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007
Great Sea Creatures & the Earth on the Back of the Giant Turtle, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2006
Hollis Brown Thornton, Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta, GA
2005
Great Sea Creatures & Punica Granatum, City Art, Columbia, SC
Great Sea Creatures & Punica Granatum, Jackson Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Aiken, SC
2004
The Great Fish & Every Kind of Plant that Bears Seed, Jackson Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Aiken, SC
2002
Hollis Brown Thornton, Verdir, Chicago, IL
2001
Hollis Brown Thornton, 80808 Vista Studios, Columbia, SC
Hollis Brown Thornton, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC
2000
Hollis Brown Thornton, Gallery 701, Columbia, SC


SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
30th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
2015

Beacon, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014
Group Show, 28 Matignon, Paris, France
Lost Moments: Scott Listfield and Friends, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Building a Universe, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
2013
American Painting Today: Physical & Visceral, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
Westobou Festival, Klacsmann Gallery, Augusta, GA
2012
Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2011, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
2011
GROUP SHOW, Aisho Miura Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2010
2 Year Anniversary Exhibition, POVevolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
ULTRA003 Emerging Directors' Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2009
PHOTO-BASED, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Gallery Artists Group Show, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008
20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
Internationales Künstlersymposium 10, Volksbank, Kaiserslautern, Germany
The Salon I & II, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2007
Art Miami, Miami, FL
Project Space, Linda Warren Gallery (Project Space), Chicago, IL
Kleinformat / Small Format, The Columbia - Kaiserslautern Exchange, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
A Holiday Exhibition, Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta, GA
2006
South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition, The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
A Holiday Exhibition, Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta, GA
2004
Aberration/Pollination, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC
2003
The Felt Moment, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC


SELECT COMMISSIONS

Earth-Bound Observations, acrylic, pigment transfer on canvas, 36 x 60 inches, 2018
VHS Collection
- Retrofuturism Track Listing Promo 2018
Society6
- Art Quarterly No.3.1 + Flipside Art Zine 2018
A Reminder, permanent marker on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2017
FM-84 - Never Stop (feat. Ollie Wride) - FM-84, 2017
Rewind This! by Josh Freda - Death Waltz Recording Company 2017
Marc O'Polo - 50 Years of O', 50th Anniversary Sweater Design 2016
in4mation x Society6 - Snapback Artist Series "hi" Hat 2016
Netflix - Images for CES Opening Day Keynote Speech Video Presentation 2016
VHSaucony - The Good Will Out - Shoe Box and Inlay Design 2015
Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium - Columbia University Press, Cover Drawing 2014
The New Yorker - Difference Maker by Meghan Daum - Article Image 2014
Rainbirds - Yonder - Universal 2014
Elle Magazine - Cassette Drawing, September 2012
Square Enix - Hitman (Stain Removal) - Hitman HD Trilogy Artbook Drawing 2012
Urban Outfitters - Alpha - Painting for Dockers Anchor Promotion, 2011
Small Black - Knitting Factory - Poster Design 2011
Helios - Live at the Triple Door - Unseen Records 2010
Lucky Soul - A Coming of Age, Up in Flames, and White Russian Doll - Ruffa Lane 2010
Primary 1 - Mess Detective - Grow Up Records 2009
Vice Magazine - The Fiction Issue - Cover Drawing 2009
Our Sleepless Forest - Our Sleepless Forest - Resonant Recordings 2008
Goldmund - Corduroy Road - Type Recordings 2005

For images of work, please see this selection of COMMISSIONS.