Diana Thorneycroft is a Canadian artist who is using photography and drawing to explore the darker side of supposedly innocent or benign objects like dolls, toys and cartoon characters.
Diana Thorneycroft was born in Winnipeg and she received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and her MA from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in such places as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography or the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.
Thorneycroft’s older series are created of close-up photographs of dolls’ mouths and pencil drawings of Disney characters in dangerous and violent situations. She also used to produce rather provocative and murderous self-portraits.
Thorneycroft’s other notorious work is titled Group of Seven Awkward Moments, depicting plastic figures in dramatic but almost funny situations; created in front of reproductions of works by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. Those were used as backdrops to dioramas that Thorneycroft constructed and then photographed. Group of Seven Awkward Moments exhibition was listed as one of Canadian Art Magazine's Top Ten best exhibitions of 2008.
Diana Thorneycroft has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney... She received many awards and grants, such as Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has been presented through a radio documentaries and a CBC national documentary for television and has been included in the 2002 released Phaidon Press publication Blink showing the work of 100 rising stars in photography.
The artist is represented by Fabien Castanier Gallery.