Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Sometimes I think you need to be reminded

that you don't have to do the same thing everyone else is doing.
Don't do what everyone else is doing.
Don't do it the way everyone else is doing it.
Artists have no business being sheep. 
Create something  new. 

Stop being scared.
Stop listening to what mom, professors, & gallerists are telling you.
How could they possibly know your path better than you?
Stop being scared.
What matters is reacting to breaking with Art that was.
Look for the things other people do NOT see.
Do what other people are scared of doing with art.
If making paintings have become the establishment, stop making paintings. Create something else.
If not making paintings have become the establishment, make paintings.
What matters is bravery and honesty... and making sure those values have a place to exist in the world.
Experiment. Take risks. Think with your guts.
Do what you can. Do everything you can.
You have nothing to lose.

Explore. The more you look, the more you will notice patterns. (andrew birk)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Find my Work in NYC.

Postcards From the Edge is a Visual AIDS benefit show and sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists. All works are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The works are signed on the back and exhibited so the artists' signatures cannot be seen. While buyers receive a list of all participating artists, they don't know who created which piece until purchased. All proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Double Feature With Brian Gonnella & Sam Thorp in February

Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills! At the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Brian Gonnella's the Southern Era is inspired by the feeling that the country is beginning to undergo a resurgence of the discussion about the end of the world, arriving in a multitude of catastrophes, ranging from religious prophecy to nuclear annihilation. He presents questions from what would it look like if the prophecies of scriptures were fulfilled in the era of the New World Order? Do the crises of ecology and economics shape the disasters that destroy the world? How would the paradigms of power shift in that final struggle? And upon which sides would the prominent players emerge? In Gonnella's exhibition, he leaves the answers to those questions up to you. 

Sam Thorp delves into Obvious Flaws. Glitches, and defects staring us right in the face, yet we fail to notice them. The solutions to all our problems are plain and simple, yet we never figure it out. What are we missing that is right in front of our face? This work sorts through the filters and clutter to get to the essence of the matter. Revealing character and narrative in graceful lines and primary colors.

Opening: Friday, February 14 at Art on Tap 5.2.7 $7 donation. Food & drinks served.
Salon: Speak with the artists about their work, inspiration and methods. Thursday, February 20 at 6 PM 
Pop-Up Studio: Work WITH the artists in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Wednesday, Feburary 26, 6:30-8:30 PM with Sam Thorp; Wednesday, & March 26, 6:30-8:30 PM with Brian Gonnella 
Show ends: March 2nd.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
1000 Villiage Drive Greensburg, PA 15601


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Sunday, January 12, 2014


Simplicity Takes Courage

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity." 

– Plato

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Thursday, January 02, 2014


January Unblurred

I'll have a new painting in Most Wanted Fine Art for their All Star Show.
Come out and see it.

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