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Thorold 'Home Again'

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Granny's House - Contributed

Fine artist returns to showcase his favourites

Fine artist Thorold has packed his bags and made his way back home after living and working in London since 1996. He is also back in time to celebrate Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and will be staging his second exhibition since 2007 titled 'Home Again' at The Jamaica Pegasus Gallery in New Kingston on Tuesday, July 24.

Guest speaker for the event will be Jenni Campbell, managing editor of The Gleaner Company and president of the Press Association of Jamaica.

In keeping with the theme of Jamaica's 50th year of Independence, Thorold will be showcasing his favourite subjects in oils and acrylics such as old Jamaican houses, landscapes, and portraits, as well as works in the Islamic art of Arabic calligraphy.

The Institute of Jamaica recently received its first Islamic painting, which Thorold donated to the museum, and which he hopes to show at the opening.

As a celebratory gift to further mark Jamaica's 50th year of Independence, the artist says that his pieces would be sold at discounted prices.

Thorold's formal training began at the Pel's School of Art (now a part of the Pratt Institute) in New York in the late 1960s, where he studied graphic design and advertising.

illustrious career

His career in graphic design began in New York and he returned to Jamaica in 1971, where he worked in advertising for two years at the now defunct Daily News when it started operations in 1973. Although he was looking for a job in the advertising department, he was steered to editorial design by the paper's first editor, the late J.C. Proute.

He rose through the ranks from trainee subeditor to chief subeditor under the guidance of such journalism stalwarts as Ewart Walters, Carl Wint, Terry Smith, and Canute James. When the Daily News closed in 1973, he returned to graphic design for a while before doing another stint in New York from 1984 to 1989, where he worked for various newspapers in editorial production.

On returning to Jamaica in 1989, he began operating his own design studio doing graphics, advertising, and exhibition displays, again learning from a master in the craft, Easton Lee.

In 1993, he was called by The Observer when it began to produce a daily newspaper, where he worked as senior subeditor for three years after which he migrated to the United Kingdom and worked for the Financial Times for six years, and The Voice - now owned by The Gleaner Company.

Thorold also spent a year in Dubai working for a magazine company, after which he returned to London.

For further information on Thorold's work email him at demercadot@gmail.com.