About

Bio_PicRAYMOND THORNTON

An accomplished painter, Raymond Thornton hails from Northwest Indiana. He began his fine art training at the age of fifteen at the Drisi Studio Academy of Fine Art and then continued his studies at The American Academy of Art of Chicago. Raymond’s work fits into the traditions of overly elaborate ornamentation with a meticulous academic process that has clear and easily interpreted details producing drama and tension. His art process begins with adding a first layer of paint and then gradually building subsequent layers on top of each other until the final desired effect is achieved. Raymond’s work has been displayed throughout the country and he has won numerous national awards.

 

AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

-2016: 25th Annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Dallas, TX.
-2016:  Portrait Society of America’s Mystery Art Sale: Invitation Only
-2016:  Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL. Beauty Exhibition
-2015:  24th Annual Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, Indianapolis, IN.
-2015:  Portrait Society of America’s Mystery Art Sale: Invitation Only
-2015:  Portrait Society of America’s Member Only Show: 5th place non-commissioned portrait
-2014:  23rd Annual Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, Cincinnati, Ohio
-2014:  Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence competition, Finalist
-2013:  Art Renewal Center’s International 2013-2014 ARC Salon Show, Finalist

-2012:  Portrait Society of America’s Member Only Show: 9th place Outside the Box Competition.

-2012:  Portrait Society of America’s Member Only Show: 5th place Honorable Mention Commissioned Portraits Competition.
-2012:  21st Annual Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show in Bennington, Vermont. Awarded an Award of Excellence

-2012:  Art Renewal Center’s International 2012-2013 ARC Salon Show, Finalist
-2011:  20th Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show in Orleans Mass.
-2011:  Art Renewal Center’s International 2011-2012 ARC Salon Show, Finalist
-2011:  Salmagundi 34th Annual Non-Member Show in New York, N.Y.
-2010:  Hudson Valley Art Association 79th Annual Show in New York, N.Y.  Awarded the Frank and Marjorie Van Steen Memorial Award.
-2010:  The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Portrait Competition.
-2010:  97th Annual Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition,  Awarded The Butler Institute of American Art Award.
-2010:  19th Annual Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Show in Wilmington, NC.
-2009:  96th Annual Allied Artists of America’s Annual Exhibition in New York, N.Y., Gold Medal /Best of Show Award.
-2009:  18th Annual Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Show in Jacksonville, Fla. Awarded Silver Medal.
-2009:  18th Annual Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition of Traditional Oils
-2008:  17th Annual Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Show
-2008:  17th Annual Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition of Traditional Oils
-2007:  16th Annual Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition of Traditional Oils
-2007:  16th Annual Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Show
-2007:  The International Salon Show at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Top Fifty Artist Award.