Bruce Thorn was born on Chicago’s Southside in November,
1952 and came of age during a time of anti-war protests, the
civil rights movement, widespread police brutality and the
mass cultural upheavals that defined the 1960’s. Thorn
decided early on to become a painter and from the beginning
his artwork reflected the intensity, complexity and
introspection of the times.
Thorn earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois
at Chicago in 1987. He has maintained a vibrant art practice
throughout his life. His work has been exhibited in the United
States, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the Netherlands. Thorn is
also a contributing editor with the New Art Examiner.
Photo of Bruce Thorn by Lauren Whitney, 2018 © Lauren Whitney