Thurlo Adams was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1984. Having grown-up in a colourful and diverse society set along the ocean and with Table Mountain as its backdrop, his love for visual beauty found in people and their surroundings grew over time.
After graduating from high school, he spent time learning visual arts at the College of Cape Town and then furthered his studies at the University of the Western Cape, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Geography. The skills learnt and experiences gained whilst studying cultivated a further interest in the world and its people.
This interest grew exponentially when he set off to live and work in South Korea and China. While living abroad he noticed that not only did the scenery change, but the portraits of people expanded.
Thurlo’s work is inspired by photographs taken of people from all walks of life and he uses an array of media and colour to compliment the rich cultural and historic expressions that can be captured in a single photograph. The use of colour in all his works pays homage not only to the subject being captured, but to his rich and colourful heritage too.
During his time spent abroad, Thurlo has showcased his work in parts of South Korea in a number of group exhibitions. His most recent exhibit took place in South Africa, where he collaborated with artist Jurgen Dunhofen at the Ground Art Café with their show titled “Transitions”.
Today, Thurlo lives and works in Cape Town as an elementary school teacher and an artist. He continues to marvel at the diversity around him which so inspires his work.
Read this behind-the-scenes piece on Thurlo’s process when making art.
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