Terry Thirion

PAINTER, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

Artist Statement

As a painter and mixed media artist I work with materials that vary greatly and are chosen in relation to the subject matter.

I use textiles, current event newspaper clippings of  current events. I also collect reference materials by sketching and photographing on site. Through an intuitive body of work, I express a fundamental sentiment of light and joy, represented in bold colors, a sudden curve or random marks.

I often paint surrounded by music which helps me get “in the zone”. It now becomes a dance with the canvas. My paintings are about life. Sometimes linear and well organized with problems resolved. Other times they may be messy and unclear. While making art I do not experience time. If there is anxiety, it is allowed to dissipate.

If there is joy it can express itself as well. This work is a manifestation of acceptance and being present to the next brushstroke, the next line.

I use acrylics and oils. But that is not all, I use simple tools like tree sticks, and black walnut ink that I make myself from walnuts which grow in my backyard. 

The Habitat series has evolved out of reading about the loss of amphibians. These images are inspired by natural landscapes, water and particularly the edges of ponds and small creeks.

The fragility of all living things, frogs, moths, birds, even people being displaced  and all this interconnectedness are what draw me to the canvas.  I may even sit at the edge of a river with a box of pastels and express my love or sadness about these places.

 

Terry Thirion

PAINTER, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

RESUME

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

  • Wachovia Bank, Corporate Headquarters, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • London Litho Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Enpro Partners, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tyvoli Partners Advertising, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Latta Condominiums, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Permanent Collection, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Food Lion, Corporate Headquarters, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Mahlen Adams Pavilion, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Duke Energy, North Carolina

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

  • 2015-2016 The Little Art Gallery Raleigh NC
  • 2013-2014 Atelier Gallery in Charleston SC
  • 2014-2015 Andre Christine Gallery, Mooresville NC (closed 2015)
  • 2004-2013 Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte NC (2 locations) (closed 2014)

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 February-April Installations at NCSU Crafts Center, Museum of Life and Sciences, Durham, Weymouth Woods and Raven Rock Parks in the Sandhills area of NC
  • 2015 Charlotte Art League Juried exhibition Second Prize.
  • 2015 Community Performance Center Rock Hill Disappearing Frogs Project
  • 2014 Charlotte Art League Gallery Disappearing Frogs Project
  • 2014 Andre Christine Gallery, Mooresville North Carolina
  • 2012 Waterworks Art Center invitational Salisbury North Carolina
  • 2004-2013 Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2008 Benefit Show for Foundation of Pineville NC Cultural Center, North Carolina
  • 2007 The Bus Stop Gallery, Columbia, South Carolina
  • 2007 Spring Show, Charlotte Art League
  • 2004 WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte, NC
  • 2004 Red Sky Gallery Opening Exhibit, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2004 Create for the Cure Benefit, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2004 Queens Gallery, Braitman Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2003 Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2002 Encounters: a Four Woman Show, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2002 Applewood Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2002 Queens Gallery, Braitman Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2001 Gallery 237, Charlotte NC International Artists Show, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2001 Hart Witzen Gallery: Exhibition of Abstract Works Charlotte North Carolina
  • 1999 A Two Woman Show: Carol Mueller and Terry Thirion, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1998 Bank Of America Silent Auction and Show, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1996 The Abyss – Two Women Show: Ia Nikola Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida

JURIED SHOWS

  • 2005 Spartanburg Museum, South Carolina
  • 2003 A Natural View, Schielle Museum, Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 2003 Radio Vision, WFAE, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2002 Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • 2001 Spring Into Art, Smith Helms Mullis & Moore Juried Show, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2001 A Visual Harvest: The Gaston County Museum, North Carolina

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

  • 2015 Fall Juried Show Charlotte Art League Edward J. Burnam Jr.Ju (Second place)
  • 2015 Arts Council of York County grant for Disappearing Frogs Project
  • 2011 Regionals Artists Project Grant from Arts And Science Council Charlotte NC
  • 2008 Penland School of Crafts, three-month Fall Concentration, North Carolina
  • 2007 WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte, North Carolina (Merit Award)
  • 2006 Charlotte Art League Fall Show, Kurt Warnke Juror “Life’s Patterns” (2nd Place)
  • 2004 People’s Choice Award, Charlotte Art League (1st Place)
  • 2004 Spring Juried Show, Charlotte Art League, Mint Museum, C. Hanzel, Juror (2nd Place)
  • 2004 WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte, North Carolina (Honorable Mention)
  • 2003 Charlotte Art League Fall Juried Show (3rd Place)
  • 2003 A Natural View, Schielle Museum, Gastonia, NC (Merit Award)
  • 2003 Guild of Charlotte Artists, North Carolina (Second Place)
  • 2002 WFAE 90.7FM RadioVision, Charlotte, North Carolina (2nd Place Award)
  • 2001 Art I Gallery, I Am Woman Juried Exhibition, Gastonia, North Carolina (Merit Award)
  • 2001 Ride Your Bike Week, Charlotte, North Carolina (Merit Award)
  • 2000 Spring Juried Show, Smith Helms & Moore, Charlotte, North Carolina (Merit Award)
  • 2000 Festival in the Park, Charlotte, North Carolina (2nd Place)
  • 1998 Charlotte Art League/Smith Helms and Moore Juried Exhibition (Merit Award)
  • 1998 Festival in the Park, Charlotte, North Carolina (2nd Place)
  • 1997 Festival in the Park, Charlotte, North Carolina (3rd Place, Abstract)
  • 1997 Mooresville North Carolina Art League (Honorable Mention)

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • 2014-2017 Disappearing Frogs Project.org

    The Disappearing Frogs Project: Terry organized several exhibitions, pairing scientists and artists to highlight the worldwide extinction of amphibians. Over 200 works of art donated by 100 artists. More information available on website.

  • 2005 Sarasota Florida, The Players Theatre

    Commission to create images, projected onto the stage and used as backdrop for the theatrical production of, “Neighbors”. The theme; the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and it’s human cost. This commission was accompanied by an exhibit in the Theatre Gallery.

TEACHING

  • 2008 More Than Painting – Getting from Ideas to Action – currently offered in private groups
  • 2006-2017 Group and private sessions at Studio

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born in Belgium, Terry Thirion studied and graduated from the Parmentier School of Design in Brussels Belgium. She attended the Arts Academie in Leuven Belgium, Broward College in S. Florida and Braitman Studios in Charlotte NC.

Terry has served as curator and as professional juror in several exhibits in Charlotte, North Carolina. Terry has worked for over a decade to promote fine art in the greater Charlotte area. She has held many leadership responsibilities including, Program Development, Exhibition Management and President of the Board of the Charlotte Art League. She also serves as curator for the art work exhibited in local establishments.

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Terry Thirion

339 NW US 25 70  Hot Springs, NC 28743
Terry@TerryThirion.com

Artist Statement

As a painter and mixed media artist I work with materials that vary greatly and are chosen in relation to the subject matter.

I use textiles, paper articles, acrylics, inks and sometimes just oil paints. I collect reference materials by sketching and photographing on site. Through this intuitive body of work, I express a fundamental sentiment of light and joy, represented in bold colors, a sudden curve or random marks.

I often paint surrounded by music which helps me to set aside political and social concerns that might otherwise get in the way of my self expression. It now becomes a dance with the canvas. My paintings are about life. Sometimes linear and well organized with problems resolved. Other times they may be messy and unclear. While making art I do not experience time. If there is anxiety, it is allowed to dissipate.

If there is joy it can express itself as well. This work is a manifestation of acceptance and being present to the next brushstroke, the next line.

The Habitat series has evolved out of reading about the loss of amphibians. They are inspired by natural landscapes, water and particularly the edges of ponds and small creeks.

The fragility of all living things and their interconnectedness are what empowers me to take action. I may sit at the edge of a river with a box of pastels or in my studio where I express my love or sadness about these places.

I use acrylics and oils and paint on canvas. But that is not all, I use simple tools like tree sticks, inks and black walnut ink that I make myself from walnuts which grow in my backyard. I am not an illustrator rather I express a sentiment, a feeling when drawing images.

Terry Thirion

PAINTER, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

RESUME