Lilian Day Thorpe (b. 1991) creates photography-based montages from her own original photographs. The results are fictional landscapes that appear more painterly than photographic. Each composition is inspired by her love of and need for quietness. A born introvert, Lilian’s soft landscapes offer her a respite from the chaos of New York City, where she currently resides.
In September 2014, Lilian was awarded an artist’s residency at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in the small town of Laugarvatn, Iceland. In October 2015, Surface Magazine named Lilian an Avant Guardian winner.
Born among the cornfields of Indiana, Lilian moved to the coast of rural Maine at age ten. In 2014, she received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Photography. She then went on to receive her M.S. in the History of Art and Design from Pratt in 2017. Her graduate thesis, Color in a New Light: the Emotional Landscapes of Nicolas de Staël, examines the individualistic use of color in the late landscapes of the Russian-born French artist, Nicolas de Staël.
Lilian is represented by two galleries in Maine: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art (Ellsworth, Maine), and Green Lion Gallery (Bath, Maine). She is currently Assistant Director of Nancy Margolis Gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City.