ARTIST RΙSUMΙ

NAME:   DON O. THORPE
ADDRESS:
  1087 SOUTH 1100 EAST, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH  84105
PHONE:
  801-582-6019
CELL PHONE:
  801-897-8575
E-mail:
donothorpe@gmail.com
Web Site Portfolio: www.donthorpe.com/library proposal/
 

 
PERSONAL SUMMARY
I was born in Southern Utah and grew up in Northern California. I studied general education and art at several California schools. I was encouraged to enter a snapshot from a trip to Europe in a National Newspaper Photography Contest, and was surprised to win national recognition. I then enrolled in several University of Utah sponsored photography classes which led to an interest in photography as a profession. I studied art and photography at three Utah universities, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. Over the years, I have been involved with many photographic visual art productions and stage plays, along with other creative photographic endeavors. My most recent undertaking has been an on-going experimentation with Impressionist photography.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS
Solo Exhibits:
1)
GALLERY 240  – Abstract Impressionism
2) PATRICK MOORE GALLERY – Two Exhibits: Vive la France & Eclectic French
3) UTAH ARTS COUNCIL – Photographic Impressionism
4)
ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Don Thorpe Anthology
5) LIBBY GARDNER CONCERT HALL  – The Middle East: People of Promise
6)
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART  – Joseph, Joseph, Joseph -- 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith
7)
SALT LAKE CITY ARTS COUNCIL – Inside Israel
8) PARK CITY ARTS FESTIVAL – Rural America
9) GALLERY 268 – Black & White Utah
10) CARLING GALLERY – Retrospective
11) USU LDS INSTITUTE – Promotional Exhibit
12) INKLEYS PHOTO STORE – Retrospective
13) UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY – Master of Fine Arts Exhibit
14) BYU HARRIS FINES ARTS CENTER – One Man B&W Photography Show
15) AVENUES ART GALLERY – Photo Impressionism
16) MAGILACUTTY'S RESTAURANT – Black & White Avant Garde Photography

Group Exhibits:

1)
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART – Eyes Wide Open Juried Exhibit
2) ART CENTER FACULTY EXHIBIT
3) SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART – Annual Spring Salon Juried Exhibit
4) LDS INTERNATIONAL ART EXHBIT – Juried Exhibit
5) NEW YORK COLISEUM – International Photography Fair Invitational Exhibit
6) SUNDANCE – Hole In The Wall Exhibit with an award from Robert Redford
7) ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Utah Photographers Invitational Exhibit
8) MORMON FESTIVAL OF ART – International Invitational Exhibit
9) SLCC PRESIDENT’S ART SHOW – Juried Exhibit

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC VISUAL ART PRESENTATIONS

1) CONFERENCE ON WORLD HUNGER WITH JOHN DENVER – Large screen photo visual art presentation
2) ZION – Large screen photographic visual art production for the LDS Church sesquicentennial stage play
3) SATURDAY’S WARRIOR – Large screen photographic visual art background for the stage play
4) PROMISED VALLEY – Large screen photographic visual art for the pioneer celebration stage play
5) THREADS OF GLORY –Award winning large screen photographic visual art production for the stage play
6) ISRAEL REVEALED – Co-produced 6 documentary video tapes shown on broadcast television
7) IT’S MY LIFE – Large screen photographic visual art background for the stage play by Lex de Azevedo
8) MUSEUM OF THE YELLOWSTONE – Large screen photographic visual art production
9) GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – Visual art production about the trans-continental railway
10) LAKE SEMINOLE VISITORS CENTER FLORIDA – Large screen photographic visual art production
11) HIGH PLAINS VISITORS CENTER SOUTH DAKOTA – Photographic visual art production
12)
MAGNIFICENT HERITAGE – Photographic visual art production for LDS Church
13) WIZARD OF OZ – Photographic visual art background for the stage play
14) CITY OF JOSEPH – Photographic visual art background for the stage play
15) HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE – Large screen photographic visual art background for the stage play
16) PATRICK HENRY – Photographic visual art background for Michael Bennett monologue on stage
17) TROLLEY SQUARE – Large screen photographic visual art production for the opening of Trolley Square
18) STARCHILD – Large screen photographic visual art sequences and background for the stage play

COMMISSIONED WORKS
1) Photography of historical sites commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be used in photographic visual art presentations for the Church’s sesquicentennial commemoration shown in the Salt Lake Temple Square Tabernacle.
2) Photography of the Holy Land over a period of four months commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be used in several international magazines
3) Photography of the Holy Land during several visits for the Israel Revealed travel agency which was published in several books and video productions
4) Photography of student life to produce a large photographic visual art exhibit for a yearly open house commissioned by Utah State University LDS Institute.

COLLECTIONS
Works in seven private collections – including two Utah Arts Council members, a former Salt Lake City mayor, a former head of the art department at Utah State University, and an individual art collector in New York City, and individual works hung in a variety of private homes and businesses.

PUBLICATIONS
1)
Author and photographer for the book, AMPHOTO GUIDE TO AVAILABLE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY  published in New York.
2) Photographer illustrator for the book, ISRAEL REVEALED
3) Photographs featured in books about the Holy Land: ON HOLY GROUND and THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
4) Published in magazine articles as writer and photographer: THE ENSIGN and NEW ERA MAGAZINES, CAMERA 35, MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY and others.

AWARDS

1)
UTAH STATE FAIR - awards from Best in Show to numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons
2) CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR - 1st place ribbon
3) MORMON ARTS FESTIVAL - honorable mention
4) FESTIVAL OF MORMON ARTS - published in the commemorative book
5) MORMON ARTS FESTIVAL - honorable mention – the only photographer given an award at the festival
6) SUNDANCE HOLE IN THE WALL EXHIBIT - 1st prize (presented by Robert Redford)
7) NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHY – many awards given in Utah, and one that placed in National competition
 

SELECTED REVIEW EXCERPTS
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – GEORGE S. DIBBLE:  "Mr. Thorpe has cultivated the faculty that Henri Cartier-Bresson has described as the uncanny ability to capture the right moment. Thorpe's landscapes are perceived with imagination and recorded at mood filling moments. His study of haystacks recalls the style of Impressionist Claude Monet. Though his images are of a different locale, the magic of sunlight is still there."
THE CATALYST MAGAZINE –  "This exhibit is a deliberate search for techniques to produce spontaneous impressionistic images and emphasizes the emotions with an inner sensibility rather than visual reality. This diverse representation of style and technique embraces the central idea of Impressionism."
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY – JACOB STRINGER: "...because this unique take on photography is, in essence, not about Puritanism. It's about a new form of artistic expression....something more individual, more personal, more impressionistic..."

INTERVIEWS AND APPEARANCES
1) Lecturer about art and photography at BYU Education Week

2) Interviewed on KBYU Television about photography and the Harris Fines Arts Center exhibit
3) Interviewed on KSL Radio about Arts Festival involvement
4) Several seminars on photography for Utah trade shows at the Salt Palace
5) Several appearances as a guest lecturer about photographic visual art presentations at University of Utah

COMMUNITY AND ART ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVEMENT
1) Writer for 15 BYTES an on-line e-zine for ARTISTS OF UTAH
2) Steering Committee Chairman for the Salt Lake City chapter of the Association for Multi-image using photographic visual art
3) Instructor in photography for Utah Arts Council at the Art Barn
4) Supervisor for the photography exhibition at the Utah State Fair

EDUCATION
1) Art program at Sacramento Junior College in Sacramento, California
2) Bachelor’s degree in Art and Psychology at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
3) Master of Fines Arts program at Utah State University, Logan, Utah

ARTIST STATEMENT
    
My images are photographic by origin and impressionist in their presentation. They are created in-camera and post-camera by using special digital techniques to infuse a special Impressionist feeling while avoiding the blind use of digital software applications.
     I feel that this Impressionistic approach breathes life into the art of photography by giving it moving, living imagery that has a sense of vibrancy that is impossible with traditional photography. Not only is the process of image formation altered, but significantly the approach to seeing them.
     My photographic prints are Giglee produced on professional watercolor paper that further enhances the impressionistic quality of their presentation. All of the images are individually printed, matted and framed, making each a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
     My image development process is Impressionistic in its visual emotional character and Expressionistic in its intellectual communication. My goal is to represent reality while presenting a climate of feeling and emotion that transcends reality. These images are an emotional contact with what is around me that echoes reality without exactly mirroring it. They seem more insightful to me than reality. However, my emphasis is on the positive facets of life. I avoid demeaning and sensationalist images – there is enough of that already in the world. I see life as a gift from God that becomes more precious with each passing moment, and I want to share those feelings with my Impressionist images.
---- Don O. Thorpe
 

 

 
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