I came across the photos in the post below while I was looking for these. A fair number of blog visitors come looking for information about artist Gordon “Kit” Thorne. Why not oblige, with the little I have. “Kit” in front of our house, Vancouver 1962. Right,the trademark goatee and bolo tie. GKT was a … Read moreGordon Kit Thorne, painter
Gordon “Kit” Thorne was a mentor to my mother, painter Helen Andersen. It is useful to place pieces of family history online. Others searching for additions to their family trees may find something that fills in blanks. So it was with my mentions of Kit. An email arrived asking to use some photos from my … Read moreArtist Gordon “Kit” Thorne
We have this little etching by Gordon Kit Thorne hanging in our hall. It is called Siwash Rock and represents a landmark off Stanley Park in Vancouver. I remember hearing that the name Siwash was derogatory, but never knew in what way until this week. Apparently siwash is a corruption of the French word sauvage … Read moreWhat’s in a name?
It’s (ahem) not traditional for a Torontonian to say he likes Hamilton, but I’ve only lived here for a little over 40 years and some T.O. customs are still foreign to me. The standard image of steel town, still chugging, but undergoing a slump, too. Seeing beauty in industrial-age environments comes easily to me. My … Read moreHamilton impresses
One of the Nuit Blanche themes tonight is Memory Lane, so I thought, “Why not?” This is a 1960-something felt marker sketch that Gordon “Kit” Thorne dashed off in our back yard in Vancouver. It is a winter scene. See the little tracks in the snow? The figure is a heroic scale female nude sculpture … Read moreMy Memory Lane contribution