Samantha Thompson’s (née Biddle) pastel and acrylic paintings display a complex of influences from her rich and varied life to date. Born in Sydney in 1978 to her parent that where immigrants from California, her work has a consistency that developed since she began working in this media as a sixteen year old.

Spending her formative years in the Melbourne environs, in particular her adolescence in the Dandenong ranges, Samantha’s paintings reflect her pacific inheritance with their bold colours, stylized femininity and echoes of a burlesque art deco era.

Samantha’s formation as an artist began at home working alongside her parents. From her mother she learned colour-matching skills while observing her making patchwork quilts, and learning to appreciate the great artists of the past from a fifteen-volume encyclopaedia of the history of art that her mother left strewn around the house.

The youngest of four girls and a long suffering brother, she remembers being captivated by the works of Picasso, Botticelli and Degas in particular, as well as the stunning images of the photographers of the National Geographic, which she copied often in her formative years.

Working in her father’s Bridal Shop reinforced in her the strong sense of femininity that she had gained at home, by giving her the opportunity to work along the strong female role models at her father’s shop. Working there also developed in her a strongly commercial sense as well as a desire to display her works publicly, rather than cloistering her works away in some forbidding gallery exhibition. This is a tradition she continues in conjunction with the thematic gallery exhibition of her work.

Having worked and exhibited around the world including New York and London, her last major influence was living in the most ‘art deco’ city in the universe, Napier in New Zealand. From here as a maturing adult, she started her thrust for ‘world domination’, as jokingly she puts it, incorporating this heavily stylistic influence into her already rich palette. Samantha’s paintings are a masterful blend of form, style and content, incorporating the rich habitat she has encountered during her short itinerant life.

Samantha’s work is characterised by a consistency of form, corporeal relationship and gaze of her mainly female characters with that of the viewers’. She talks to the painting as she works, as she builds up the complex of contrasting colour, inspired as she works by the radio, a poem or a phrase she has heard uttered by a friend. There is a tactile and gentle relationship between her and the artwork, which she constructs from a simple exploration of anatomy and the relationship between bodies in an ever so subtle motion.

The eyes of her characters stand out as a feature in all her paintings, and there is a desire for the viewer to capture the allusive gaze of the dancers and their entourage, which often seems evasive. There is a joyful playfulness to the way Samantha works, which is expressed in the paintings themselves, highly sensual and at times erotic in their posture and yet softly curved and evocative in their body language.

Her work is a playful carnivalesque pastiche of characters drawn from the stage and life, displaying a variety of interactive attitudes. There is a dynamic of form and structure to Samantha’s work, that she has not tired of exploring in the confines of form and media.

Colour, gaze and movement seem to be essential elements to her work, as, too, the gentle dominance of the female form expressed in an unashamedly sensual manner. Samantha Thompson’s works will only become more visible in the galleries, cafés and other public spaces in the future, as she prolifically continues to explore and develop further her already highly gratifying style.

For Samantha, art should be more a part of people’s day-to-day lives, not separated from this by places of culture but hung openly at the places where people are likely to gather. She is also actively involved in bringing the creative processes of art into schools, and works collaboratively with primary school children to encourage their creative potential, which she openly celebrates through her championing of their work through her public posturing, and in her own attitude towards the artistic praxis as a child-like pre-predicative way of seeing..

For more information and work please check out my website

www.samanthathompson.com.au

Or visit me at my studio
Geelong – Call for appointment

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  • Joined: July 2007

Journal

New exhibition/ solo show in September 2011

“Love and tragedy under the big top” / Samantha Thompson Solo Show / Works in oil on canvas, for sale on opening night / Opening held at the studio on sunday 25th of September 2011 from 3 to 7 pm / Studio 47 – 47 malop street, Geelong / This is an invitation only event, if you would like an invite please email me your postal address or email address. / For international and inte…
Posted over 6 years – 1 comments

Massive clean out! Make me an offer

Hi guys, / I’m having a clean out of work from my studio, so if there was ever a time to buy a painting from me it would be now! I need to find good homes for this work, not too worried about the money, it’s about clearing some space so I can let new ideas in! Let me know asap if there is anything on my website that you like and send me an offer. Www.samanthathompson.com.au / i have …
Posted about 7 years – Leave a comment

New stuff -Thank GOD!!

So I’m finally adding work that isn’t pastel or always women, some are new and some are old. / I feel like I am being truthful for the first time, like I’m exposing myself! Maybe you don’t like it all but I’m happy its out. / Due to my studies in Textile Design you will see more work that is fiber related in the next year, and hopefully come up with some nice work. /…
Posted about 8 years – 1 comments

New Etsy Store and Blog/facebook link

Hi all, / Below are some new links to a new blog / http://www.thoughts.com/sampastel/blog / and etsy store (with new suncatchers!) / http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5219023 / and if your on face book, this is my group page / http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16894792738 / Hope your all well / x
Posted about 9 years – Leave a comment
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