Rhea Thierstein is an internationally renowned British Artist and Creative Director whose practice probes the beauty in imagination and memories, creating new experiences for her audiences. She employs everyday materials to explore and push their boundaries in a handcrafted aesthetic, using narrative to stimulate an emotional response to her work.
With delicacy, beauty and often a surprisingly dark undertone Rhea’s work has been seen on a multitude of platforms crossing over in to moving image, stills photography, costume and immersive theatre.
Growing up in the South of England, her connection with nature was nurtured from an early age, with entomology and magnifying tiny moments a recurring theme in her artwork.
Rhea’s bespoke pieces and art direction have been featured in Italian, American and British Vogue, POP, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Love, W and Another Magazine – collaborating with fashion photographer Tim Walker.
Her whimsical work has brought to life the advertising campaign concepts of clients including The V&A Museum, Hermès, Wedgwood, Molton Brown, Mulberry, Selfridges and Bombay Sapphire.
Rhea contributed work to of an all female group show for Saatchi and Saatchi (London) and was commissioned to create an art installation at the Natural History Museum (London) for its Venom exhibition. She was also chosen by Hermès to be featured in their Artist Windows in the UK, Ireland and Dubai on a number occasions and was named as one of London’s 10 fastest-rising creatives by The Business of Fashion.
By virtue of her reputation, Rhea was subsequently offered the task of Creative Practitioner for Performance, School of Media and Communication at The London College of Fashion (University of the Arts) in 2014 for two-and-a-half years. She is now a visiting lecturer there as well as a number of Arts Universities across the UK.
Rhea continues to live and work in London.
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things – V&A – October 2019 to March 2020
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate – V&A – May 2019 – October 2019
Venom Exhibition – Natural History Museum, London – November 2017 – May 2018
Art For Youth – Mall Galleries, London – December 2017
Hair by Sam McKnight – Somerset House, London, November 2016 – March 2017
The House of Peroni Artist Residency A/W 15 – October 2015
Secret 7” – Somerset House, London, April 2015 – May 2015
There’s a Good Girl – Saatchi and Saatchi – December 2014 – January 2015
Tim Walker – Story Teller – Somerset House, London, 18 – Oct – January 2013
The Big Egg Hunt – Fabergé – Covent Garden, London – February 2012 – April 2012
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Charity Film Awards 2020, Gold and Silver – “The Stroke Association” – Directed by Lotje Sodderland – Artist Contribution
Istanbul Fashion Film Festival 2018 – Best Fashion Documentary Award “The Greatest Luxury” – Directed by Kathryn Ferguson – Production Design
Barcelona Film Festival 2018 – Best Fashion Award “The Greatest Luxury” – Directed by Kathryn Ferguson – Production Design
Business of Fashion 2013 – One of the Top 10 Young London Creatives
British Arrow Craft Award 2011 – Production Design Finalist with John Ebden – for McDonald’s ‘A-Z’ made by Rattling Stick for Leo Burnett
Nominated for Best Video for BT Digital Music Awards and for Virgin Media Awards 2011 – Jessie J “Price Tag’, Directed by Emil Nava – Production Design and Costume
Awarded Gold Deutsche Fotobuchpreis Award – Designer for Tim Walker’s book – Pictures – teNeues 2009
Tim Walker – Wonderful Things – V&A
Tim Walker – Shoot for the Moon – Thames and Hudson Ltd
Tim Walker – Pictures – teNeues
Tim Walker – Storyteller – Thames and Hudson Ltd
Grace: The American Vogue Years – Phaidon Press Ltd
Cat Garcia – Our Time – Cat Garcia