Thornton is one of Soho's artist pioneers. He and his family moved into the loft where he lives and works in the 1970s. Over the past decade, his work has attracted a new range of interest. In Art & Antiques, I described him as "The Comeback Kid."
Over many paintings, Thornton develops different geometric themes. When I wrote the catalogue essay for his 2009 show at Elizabeth Harris, Thornton was using a lattice. For a decade before that, the triangle dominated his compositions.
As a side project, Thornton brings his figure-ground dynamic to full relief with these wall sculptures constructed of found wood.
Thornton Willis's next exhibition will be on view at Elizabeth Harris Gallery from March 14 through April 13, 2013.