Leslie Thornton

Leslie Thornton is a painter and sculptor who grew up in Brisbane and moved to regional Victoria in 1972. His early work included architectural drafting, window dressing and outdoor landscape lighting. Throughout the 1980s and 90s he ran Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal, exhibiting arthouse and commercial films, and played bass guitar in Castlemaine bands.

Leslie Thornton’s work is whimsical, compelling and insightful. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows, with a focus on themes as wide ranging as ‘sculptural clocks’ and ‘bags’, to mid-century buildings. Leslie takes mundane subjects and honours them – with a tinge of facetiousness. With an interest in geography and geo-politics, he looks at cities, landscapes, buildings and places in a unique and humorous way. From quirky hand-drawn maps to his beautiful aerial Brisbane River series, his B-List Heritage series provides a refreshingly new and colourful view of Castlemaine’s built legacy.


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