Originally from New Orleans, Vernon Thornsberry has been an Athens fixture since 1986. He is often seen at the Grit, or on the dance floor, performing at the 40 Watt, or riding his scooter around town as he delivers coffee. Rarely, though, does this talented and dedicated artist show his paintings.
Inspired by classical artists like Raphael, da Vinci, and Michaelangelo, Thornsberry is primarily self-taught. The artist credits George Dureau, his mentor in New Orleans, with early encouragement and resources. Dureau, whom many historians credit as Robert Mapplethorpe’s inspiration, introduced Thornsberry to working with the nude.
The human form remains, decades later, a mainstay of Thornsberry’s subject matter. Thornsberry places contemporary figures, usually close friends recognizable from the Athens community, in timeless scenes, among backdrops of classical architecture, worked fields, and often a cast of supporting characters wearing clothing that could be from a far-away, long-gone century.
The Lyndon House Arts Center is proud to present an exhibit of paintings by Vernon Thornsberry in the West Gallery, June 5 – August 4, 2018. The opening reception is Thursday, June 7, with a special event on June 21.
For more information please contact Beth Sale, Exhibitions. 706 613 3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org