Earth on back of turtle

The Earth on the Back of Giant Turtle

Piece description from the artist

The phrase “the earth on the back of the giant turtle” originates, in various forms, in Native American myth. This story represents one of countless explanations people throughout history have formed defining the origins of Earth and the nature of the universe. Who are we? Where do we come from? What happens when we and the people we know die? We live in a constant state of flux and there is a prevailing sense of uncertainty about what happens next. The turtle story represents outdated things that continue to exist, bound to us by their initial value, and now wound up in habit, nostalgia, or loyalty.

This is a TurningArt exclusive limited edition print available in editions of 100.

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About Hollis Brown Thornton

Aiken, SC

Hollis Brown Thornton (USA, 1976) was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. In spring of 1999, Thornton received his B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. During this time, he studied painting with "Philip Mullen": Following college graduation, Thornton occupied a studio space at "Gallery 701": in Columbia, South Carolina, where he had his first solo exhibition in early 2000. It was in preparation for this show that he began developing the pigment transfer process.

Thornton moved to Chicago in August 2001, taking employment as a gallery director at "Mongerson Gallery": (3 1/2 years) and Assistant Preparator at "Russell Bowman Art Advisory": (2 years). His relationship with the "Linda Warren Gallery": began in the spring of 2004, which continues to this day. While in Chicago, it became apparent that the South was a significant aspect of Thornton’s work and it ultimately drove him to return home. Since August 2005, Thornton has been working out of his warehouse studio in Aiken, SC, as a full time artist.

As of August 2005, Thornton has been working out of his warehouse studio in Aiken, South Carolina, as a full-time artist. In April 2011, he and his wife opened the contemporary clothing boutique, "Threads": in downtown Aiken.

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