Diana Thorneycroft, Michael Gibson Gallery





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Published on Oct 16, 2012


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Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Her work was the subject of national radio documentaries and a CBC national documentary for television. Thorneycroft's photo-based exhibition, The Body, its lesson and camouflage was on an eight city tour from 2000 to 2002. A book by the same name was published.

Thorneycroft's work was included in the 2002 released Phaidon Press publication Blink, which presents the work of 100 rising stars in photography. They were selected by 10 world-class curators, each proposing 10 photographers who they consider to have emerged and broken new ground in the last five years.

Diana Thorneycroft "Group of Seven Awkward Moments" exhibition was listed as one of Canadian Art Magazine's Top Ten best exhibitions of 2008. Reproductions of paintings by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven were used as backdrops to dioramas that Thorneycroft constructed and then photographed. By combining well known Canadian landscape paintings, which some suggest are the visual equivalent of our National Anthem, with scenes of accidents, disasters and instances of poor judgment, she acknowledges and satirizes the mythology and icons of Canadian culture.

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