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Andy Thornley

Andy Thornley

Andy Thornley’s career was spent practising, researching, and lecturing in the politics and economics of urban planning. He has written numerous books on the subject. He retired from his post as Professor of Urban Planning at the LSE in 2012. During this time, he also developed his longstanding interest in art through attending many part-time courses at colleges in London. These included the CityLit, Central St Martins and the Prince’s (now Royal) Drawing School. On retirement, he has been able to devote more time to his main interest in oil painting and charcoal drawing.

Based in London, Andy Thornley has spent a lot of time since the early 1970s at his house near the Brecon Beacons. His art work draws on his interest in the politics of the urban environment and over the last two years this has focused on the Steelworks at Port Talbot. He had a solo exhibition “STEELworks” in February 2017 at the Ply Gallery in London and has also contributed to a number of group shows. He is inspired by “the form and colour of the industrial structures – the coke ovens, blast furnaces and conveyor belts”. He seeks to “convey the grandeur and drama of their buildings and the emissions of gas and steam. The Steelworks are not only of huge economic importance they are also a unique and powerful visual experience”.