This solo exhibition presents twenty-two new original paintings by Frankie Thorp. Inspired by memories of childhood summer holidays, she also captures the palpable excitement for our ability to travel abroad and enjoy "long lunches" with friends after two years of lockdown.
Frankie's work is at once evocative of past generations, with kitsch 70's references, and at the same time captures contemporary trends and cults with acerbic wit and humour - underpinned by the bold wording and slogans that caption her paintings.
Frankie’s work is a modern twist on traditional still life painting, with kitsch 70s and 80s references such as cocktails and retro desserts. She enjoys the implied narrative created by her still life table-scapes, suggesting the beginning or end of a party or gathering with friends.
Colour is the starting point for every piece, often more important to her than subject matter. Her main influences come from travel, film and dining. Her love of food and a good cocktail is reenacted in paint, yet often with a surreal or “cheeky” element thrown in - such as an out of place peacock or an elusive spectator, seen in a corner.
She says: “I have an abundance of still life photos that I have collected for reference either found or taken by myself. However, I often like to paint from memory as I like to reduce the objects in my paintings and find if I have the image in front of me I start including too much detail and I lose the desired outcome.”
"Hot Girl Summer is a celebration of summertime madness, where hot and hedonistic days are imminent." - Frankie Thorp