PH & D Series No. 2

Acrylic and pencil on plywood
610 x 1980mm

In 1980, Ray Thorburn undertook a Doctor of Philosophy at Ohio State University. An earlier interest in calligraphy resurfaced, stimulated in part by the artist’s experience of graffiti art in the New York City Subway. In 1984, he exhibited a series entitled PH & D: Piled Higher and Deeper. The series incorporated leaves from the 1982 calendar and holographs of pages from his PhD thesis.

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Exhibition History

Ray Thorburn, PH & D Series, Janne Land Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 1984


Challenge Collection (later Fletcher Trust Collection), purchased from Janne Land Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, April 1984