AboutDolly Thompsett was the winner of ArtSway Open 09. She creates intricate, tablet-like paintings by building up layers of paint interspersed with glassy resin laminates that allow the image to weave through the surface. Her detailed rendering, mysterious atmospheres and glistening textures allude to the high-gloss of Hollywood movies coupled with the traditions of Romantic painting.
By taking as their starting point photographs of both historical and recent events where ordinary people are overcome by extraordinary circumstances, her epic paintings articulate a moment of transformation or transcendence filtered through the artist's reflective subjectivity. Layering together special effects to express a sense of epiphany, each of Thompsett's works is rendered intimate through her use of paint, and seductive through her sampling of popular visual culture.
Thompsett's new paintings of intensely charged moments set against the eternal majesty of the universe are simultaneously meditations on the limitations of representational painting. Dark voids, celestial sweeps and misty phosphorescence engulf the vanishing traces of narrative within the work. In her visionary worlds the conceptual, the psychological and the social mutate and figures melt, fade and dematerialize within grand, fantastical landscapes.
Dolly Thompsett Biography
Dolly Thompsett was born in 1969 in London. She trained at Byam Shaw (MA Fine Art 2000) and Goldsmiths College (Practice based PhD Fine Art in 2004).
She has had solo shows at Ritter/Zamet (2009 and 2005) and Fred [London] Gallery (2007). Recent group exhibitions include The Jerwood Drawing Prize (2008/9), Golden Record (2009, touring), Aspex, (2007), Salon Nouveau, Engholm Englehorn, Vienna (2007), The Wonderful Fund Collection on Tour, Pallant House, Chichester, Museum of Marrakech (2006) and When I lived in Modern Times, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art (2006).
Exhibition Associated Events:
Private View and Gallery Talk: Dolly Thompsett in Conversation with Peter Bonnell
Saturday 11 September 2010 at 3pm
Dolly Thompsett, winner of ArtSway Open 09, will discuss her new series of paintings and inspirations - such as Hollywood film and Romantic art, with ArtSway Curator Peter Bonnell. FREE: All Welcome.
Portfolio Day: Painting
Monday 11 October 2010, 10am - 4pm
A portfolio day specifically aimed at painters with ten half-hour slots for artists from all backgrounds for critiques, portfolio reviews and career advice from ArtSway Curator Peter Bonnell and ArtSway Open 09 winner Dolly Thompsett.
COST: £5 per person. Booking Essential.
To book a place on the above event please contact Jack Lewis on 01590 682260 (ext.6) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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