Christopher Thornock’s artistic process begins as a visual and visceral response to his subject matter, often pinned to color or shape. As the paintings evolve, objects are added, subtracted, modified or repeated. His paintings develop with formal concerns in the forefront. The variation of paint, mark, space, line, and composition play along the spectrum of a realist expectation. Inferences are drawn with objects taking on symbolic interpretation. Through this process meaning is revealed.

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. - Flaubert

 

EDUCATION

MFA, Studio Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 2007

BFA High Honors, Fine Art/Minor Illustration, Art Center of Design, Pasadena, CA 1996

AWARDS

Honorable Mention, 2017 Utah Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT 2017

Finalist, 2013/2014 Art Renewal Center Salon, 2014

Runner Up, Fine Art Professional Category, Creative Quarterly 35, 2014

Runner Up, Fine Art Professional Category, Creative Quarterly 33, 2013

Honorable Mention, 2009 Utah Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT 2009

Jurors Choice, Utah '08: "Painting & Sculpture ", Utah Arts Council Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT 2008

Merit Award 79th Spring Salon, Springville, UT 2003

Merit Award 77th Spring Salon, Springville, UT 2001

2nd Place Award Figurative, Realism Today, San Francisco, CA 2000

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Utah Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT 2017

Every Polished Grace: Alumni from the Department of Visual Arts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 2015

Art Renewal Center Salon, 2014

Creative Quarterly 35, 2014

Creative Quarterly 33, 2013

Foundations - 1997 to 2012, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT 2012

Faculty Show, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 2012

Once Man Show, Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN, 2011

One Man Show, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2011

Nature / Nurture: Narratives of the Family, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 2010

2009 Utah Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT2009

One Grand Exhibition, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2009

'Face to Face', Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT  2009

9 Muses plus 5 Artists, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT 2009

Utah '08: "Painting & Sculpture ", Utah Arts Council Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT 2008,

   Barbara Robinson and John D. Spiak, jurors

One Man Show, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2008

“unCommon Ground”, Terra Nova Gallery, Provo, UT 2007

Utah Juried Show, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT 2008, Micol Hebron, juror

One Through Ten, Gallery One Ten, Provo, UT 2007

Holiday Group Show, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2007

Utah Juried Show, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT 2007, Tanja Grunert juror

Semblance, MFA Exhibit, Gallery 303, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT2007

Landscape, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2005

Holiday Group Show, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2004

79th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 2003

Comfort and Cheer, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2002

The Figure, “A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT 2002

Beyond the Millennium, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN 2001

77th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 2001

76th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 2000

Realism Today, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, UT 2000

73rd Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT 1997

 

PUBLICATIONS

American Art Collector, "Timeless Treasures, Still Life Painting Today", 2010

Southwest Art Magazine “Best of the West” 2008

Southwest Art Magazine “Chasing Normal” 2003

Southwest Art Magazine “Artists to Watch” 2003

American Artist Magazine “Realism Today” 2000

 

CURRENT REPRESENTATION

“A” Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

PAST REPRESENTATION

 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN

Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley University, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2012 - 2014

Adjunct Faculty, Brigham Young University, 2003 – 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2008

Art Instructor, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 2009