Next Level Profiles: Casey Thornton | Narrogin

Next Level Profiles: Casey Thornton | Narrogin

Fleur Hardy

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Through an intensive period of creative development emerging visual artist Casey Thornton created a body of 28 oil paintings and held her first solo exhibition at NEXIS Narrogin in May 2019, with support and guidance from mentor Karen Keeley.

Casey photographed and framed all paintings herself; and installed the exhibition to which more than 400 people visited. Having a professionally documented body of work on hand, has equipped Casey with the knowledge and confidence to apply for future opportunities.

Picture by Casey Thornton.

During exhibition development Casey developed strong partnerships and networks through Arts Narrogin and Southern Forest Arts (Creative Grid), working with Cait Stewart of Arts Narrogin to coordinate the installation and promotion of the exhibition, as well as coordinating the opening event and volunteer rosters. Over 100 people attended the opening event and more than 400 people passed through over the course of the exhibition.

Since completing her Next Level creative development project Casey:

  • Was successful in her competitive application for a supported exhibition at Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre in 2020 and developed a new body of work under the continued mentorship of Karen Keeley.
  • Created a profile on the Bluethumb and Singulart online art galleries and has sold pieces to collectors both local and internationally. (NZ, Germany, Singapore)
  • Had paintings selected as finalists in the Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award in Brisbane.
  • Had artwork selected as a finalist for City of Stirling Art Award & City of Claremont Art Award. Runner up in the Northam Art Prize (all 2019)
  • Invited to participate in the Alternative Archive: Common Ground exhibition at NEXIS (Narrogin) and has had artwork selected for the Alternative Archive survey exhibition to be held at John Curtin Gallery (postponed to 2021)
  • Has travelled interstate to participate in two oil painting intensives at The Art Academy in Adelaide, under the tuition of Robin Eley.

You can check out Casey’s work on her website or on BlueThumb. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

An oil painting created for Thornton's NEXIS exhibition.

Picture by Casey Thornton.

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