Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. Her contemporary art is also a critic to society.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Her work has been the subject of national radio documentaries and a CBC national documentary for television. Thorneycroft’s photo-based exhibition, The Body, its lesson and camouflage was on an eight city tour from 2000 to 2002. A book by the same name was published.
Thorneycroft’s work has been included in the 2002 released Phaidon Press publication Blink, which presents the work of 100 rising stars in photography. They have been selected by 10 world-class curators, each proposing 10 photographers who they consider to have emerged and broken new ground in the last five years.
Canadian Art Magazine selected Thorneycroft’s most recent body of work “Group of Seven Awkward Moments” as one of The Top 10 Exhibitions of 2008.
Using photography and drawing, Diana Thorneycroft often explores the darker side of supposedly innocent or benign objects like dolls, toys and cartoon characters. Past series include close-up photographs of dolls’ mouths and pencil drawings of Disney characters in murderous or violent situations; her earliest exhibited work provided provocative and similarly eerie self-portraits.
Diana’s work is represented by FABIEN CASTANIER GALLERY.