Torey Thornton: Albright-Knox highlights red-hot work of painter Torey Thornton

Article:  Albright-Knox highlights red-hot work of painter Torey Thornton


Torey Thornton isn’t yet a household name, but he’s well on his way.

The 26-year-old Brooklyn-based artist has been steadily building buzz in the art world for his polyglot paintings, which distill a broad range of influences from street graffiti to art history into alluring compositions of form and color that are proving irresistible to collectors.

After a series of increasingly popular group exhibits and a strong showing at last year’s Armory Show in New York City, Thornton will receive his first solo exhibition in an American museum starting Feb. 27 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

“Torey Thornton: Sir Veil,” organized by Albright-Knox curator Holly E. Hughes, will feature a compact selection of seven Thornton paintings and one work on paper going back to 2013 – which represents the bulk of the young artist’s professional career. He and Hughes will speak about his work at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26 in the gallery’s auditorium as part of the Emerging Voices in Contemporary Art series.

Torey Thornton Taylor Collection