Lot 199 - Pam Thorburn - Holiday Romance
Lot 199 - Pam Thorburn - Holiday Romance

Lot 199 - Pam Thorburn - Holiday Romance

Acrylic on Paper

Pam Thorburn is an artist living in Edinburgh Scotland who spent the first half of her life in Australia. Pam grew up in the outback in a landscape that is arid and flat with intense light, heat and colour, a landscape that is as harsh as it is beautiful. Now living in Scotland, Pam is immersed in a landscape that couldn’t be more different: a landscape of mountains and rivers, lochs and moors, a land that can at times, be shrouded in soft mist and at other times have clear pure light; a landscape of subtle colour shifts. 
Pam came to painting late in life. For many years she has kept sketchbooks in which she draws and paints places she see on her travels and the areas around where she lives. These are realistic, albeit sketchy, representations of what she sees. Her paintings however, are different. Many are abstractions of what she senses and feels about a place, be it wilderness, urban or domestic, at the time or from fleeting memories and impressions. 
Pam's work is multi-layered, involving adding and subtracting paint, through scratching, scraping back and sanding. In some ways this reflects the history and impact of nature and people on place. Pam's process is one of play and experimentation, frequently starting with no intentions, until something starts to reveal itself. When this happens I she refines and hones the painting sometimes through the addition of marks using other media such as pencil, ink or pastels.  



Degree in Primary Education. 

About the postcard artworks 


Pam followed her usual process of creating an art work by the application of paint randomly without a predetermined outcome. By adding paint, and wiping away parts, the art work evolves and becomes what it needs to be. 'Holiday Romance' is an abstract painting whereby the use of deep reds and purples symbolising passion together with the suggestion of script suggested the title 'Holiday Romance'. In 'Curtain Up' the squares represent the seating plan of the auditorium while the scallops suggests the swags of theatre curtains and there are also various spotlights to be seen. 'The Black Bowl' came about through an exploration of shapes until the bowl took centre stage. 'Summer Bouquet' started with a playful application of warms colours, followed by covering parts and carving out the shape of the vase and blooms with white paint. These shapes were then refined into the flowers and foliage was added.