Ken Thornburn the Artist


Northern Flyer Designs & Promotions
 is a 1-person company located in lovely downtown Tara on County Road 10 in Bruce County. Ken does commissioned drawings in mixed media/pencils & chalk. Drawings of private homes, pets, cartoons & company promotional items. The promotional items may then be applied to T-shirts, Sweat-shirts, Mugs, Note cards, etc. I also take photos & apply to broadcloth for quilting patterns. Ken’s own work, mostly historical drawings may be purchased as original artwork matted and framed or # framed prints. Ken was born in March of 1951 to Bernie and Lindsay Thornburn of Port Elgin. Lindsay was the local photographer and the history teacher at the local high school .

  • Graduated -Saugeen District High School -1969
  • Graphic Design & Photography – Sheridan College – 1972
  • Technical Animation –Sheridan College –1974
  • Employed by Ontario College Of Art -Animation Technician 1974 – 1981
  • Mammoth Pictures –Special Effects for TV. Commercials 1981 – 1986
  • The Photographers –Props Man 1981 – 1986
  • Light & Motion –Special Effects-Motion Pictures 1986-1988
  • Heavy Metal T-shirt Artist – 1988 – 1990
  • Statline Reprographics – 1990 – 1991

Ken moved to Tara, ON  August 1991 and opened Northern flyer Designs & Promotions

  • Won International Imprint in Toronto –Hot –Peel transfers – 1997
  • Won International Imprint in Toronto –Hot –Peel transfers – 1998
  • First solo exhibit of artwork- Bruce County Museum – 2001
  • Bruce Power Restart –2003
  • Promotional Drawings, Prints & Printed Sweatshirts
  • International Plowing Match -2008
  • “Come Home To The Country” Poster Design
  • Ken is currently working on home commissioned drawings and home T-Shirt Designs
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