Lilian Day Thorpe creates photography-based montages from her own original photographs. The results are fictional landscapes that appear more painterly than photographic. For this, she has such inspirational artists as Pieter Bruegel, Hercules Segers, Caspar David Friedrich, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Milton Avery to thank. Thorpe is also moved by the Pictorialist movement of photography, and she strives to portray a similar hand-painted quality in her digital montages.
In September 2014, Thorpe was awarded an artist’s residency at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in the small town of Laugarvatn, Iceland. She spent a month in a secluded farmhouse shooting by day and editing by night. The result was Gullkistan, a series of digital montages inspired by the darkly beautiful, intimate landscapes of Iceland. For this and other works, Surface Magazine named Thorpe the Avant Guardian winner for 2015.
Born among the cornfields of Indiana, Thorpe moved to the coast of rural Maine at age ten. In 2014, she received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she graduated with highest honors as a photography major and art history minor. She received her Masters in Art History at Pratt in 2017. Her graduate thesis, Color in a New Light: the Emotional Landscapes of Nicolas de Staël, examined the individualistic use of color in the late landscapes of the Russian-born French artist Nicolas de Staël.