Johnny Thornton is an artist that lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Though his work utilizes several mediums and varies stylistically, conceptually his practice revolves around corporeality, impermanence and preciousness.

Born in Connecticut, Thornton spent his childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving to Tucson, Arizona. After teaching himself to paint he went on to study Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. Thornton relocated to New York City where he received his Master of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2012.

Thornton has had work exhibited widely, and he has had several recent solo shows in New York City. His work is part of several collections. Currently, Thornton works out of his studio and is the Gallery Director of Established Gallery in Brooklyn. Thornton is also the Executive Director for Arts Gowanus, a non-profit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in Brooklyn.


MFA, 2012, Parsons, the New School for Design, New York, NY, Visual Art
BFA, 2009, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Solo / Two Person Exhibitions

2022- The Long Goodbye, Established Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2021- Infinite Space, Shapeshifter Labs, Brooklyn, NY
2020- Sophisticated Mess, Established Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2019- A Passing Resemblance, Established Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018- Real/UnReal, King Killer, Brooklyn, NY
2018- Transmute (2 person show with Michael Watson), Gowanus Dredgers, Brooklyn, NY
2018- Corporeality, Spaceworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- sleepers, BAU Gallery, Beacon, NY
2016- cells, Chashama Gallery on 37th St, New York, NY
2016- Self-Portraits of Other People, Galerie Wohnung, Brooklyn, NY
2013- Vanishing Anatomies (2 person show withAM DeBrincat), Chashama, New York, NY
2011-  CAA MFA Exhibition, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York
Open Studios, Parsons the New School for Design, New York
2010- The Machines are Winning, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010- the process (2 Person Show with Donovan White), TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- nameless, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- Untitled/Unfound, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021- We’re Still Here..., Outdoor Art Exhibition at Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY
2021- Artworks, The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY
2021- Gowanus Night Heron, Gowanus Night Heron, Brooklyn, NY
2022- Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
2020- Fresh Paint, Art of Our Century Gallery, New York, New York
2019- RE-BEGINNING, Thinkspace, Los Angeles, CA
2019- Portraits Gather Nearby, Gagné Contemporary
2019- ArtWorks, Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
2019- Sickness+Health, ABC No Rio in Exile/Bullet Space, New York, NY
2019- Is It My Body, Gagné Contemporary
2018- Kairos50 Gala, World Trade Center Observation Deck, New York, NY
2018- From the Canal to the Crevices, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018- Between You and Oblivion, Spaceworks, Brooklyn, NY
2018- RE:RE:patterns, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- Et Tu, Art Brute?, Andrew Edin Gallery, New York, NY
2017- Identity in Flux, Spaceworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- With the Neighbors, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- RE:patterns, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- We Deliver, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017- Art for Aleppo, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2017- Per Aspera ad Astra Pop Up Show. New York, NY
2017- Drums on Paper III, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016- Dysfunction of Sameness, Gallery 116th, Fayetteville, NC
2016- Drums On Paper II, Rabbit Hole Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2012- (RE)Purpose, The Kitchen, New York, NY,
2011- Look Alike, Parsons Fine Arts, New York, NY
2011- hūmāna, 25 E Gallery, New York, NY
2010- One More Before I Go, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010- Rebirth, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010- Collectivity, Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010- Photographs and Free Candy, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- 16, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- Diptychs/ Triptychs, TAC Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- Untitled, Lulubell Toys and Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009- Room 10, La Siesta Hotel, Tucson, AZ
2009- Dimensional Shift, Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ


CBS NY, 2021
Brooklyn Eagle, 2021
ArtHag, 2020
Wall St International, 2019

Bklyner, 2019
Hyperallergic, 2019
Bklyner, 2019
Park Slope Reader, 2019
Hyperallergic, 2018
SciArt Magazine, 2018

Widewalls, 2017

Artospective, 2017

The Culture Trip, 2016

The Artist Catalogue, 2016

Artfile Magazine, 2014