Selected Solo Exhibitions
Samantha Thompson’s (née Biddle) pastel and acrylic paintings display a complex of influences from her rich and varied life. Born in Sydney in 1978 to her immigrant parents from Oregon, California, the youngest of four girls and a brother, her work has developed consistently since she began working in this media. Growing up in the Melbourne environs and spending her adolescence in the Dandenong ranges, Samantha’s art reflects her pacific inheritance with their bold colours, stylized femininity and echoes of a burlesque art deco era.
Her formation as an artist began at home working alongside her parents. Samantha learned colour-matching skills while observing her mother making patchwork quilts. She also learnt to appreciate the great artists of the past from art folios left strewn around the house by her parents. Samantha was captivated by the works of Picasso, Botticelli and Degas, as well as by the stunning photography that she found in the pages of the National Geographic.
Working in her father’s bridal shop reinforced her strong sense of femininity and gave her the opportunity to work along other strong female role models. Samantha also inculcated a keen commercial sense here and the desire to display her works publicly in preference to cloistering them away in gallery spaces out of the public eye.
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, Samantha started her thrust for ‘world domination’ as she jokingly puts it, incorporating this heavily stylistic influence into her already rich palette. She masterfully blends in her art, the style and content gathered from her lived habitat, includes a living for a time in New York and London.
Samantha did not choose art as a profession, but rather it chose her. Soon after receiving a box of Schminke Pastels and paper at the tender age of sixteen, she began painting in what would become a highly recognizable and individual style with its identifiable internal consistency. Colour, gaze and movement are essential elements to her oeuvre, as, too, is the gentle dominance of the female from expressed in an unashamedly sensual manner
Talking while she paints, Samantha’s creativity is inspired by the radio, a poem or a phrase she has overheard. A tactile and gentle relationship pervades both her and pieces, as she explores playfully the anatomical before teasing out the dynamic linguistic relationship between bodies always in an ever so subtle motion. This allows for a highly erotic and evocative auratic expressiveness in her compositions at times.
To Samantha, art should be central to our lives, not separated from us. She is actively involved in working interactively with primary school children encouraging their creative potential. She openly celebrates this both in her championing of children’s rights to creative expressiveness and in her own attitude towards the creative process.
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.
RMIT Studio Textile Design 2010
Art Fair 12 - Guangzhou International Fair - 2007
Printed in China-pg 90
Frame Lines - Fashion the Face of Culture - Edition 6 - 2009
Verandah - Edition 23 - 2008
Art Collector Magazine - Edition 2010
Art Almanac Magazine Edition 2009 - 2011
The Age - 24th June 2011
Inside Out Magazine March/April/May 2011
Vogue Living June/July/August 2011
HORSE SAYINGS; wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth [Paperback] 2012 - Front page
Geelong Advertiser Sept 24th and 30th September 2011
NYC ART EXPO Catalog March 2012
ANX Magazine June 2012
Aesthetic Magazine June/July 2012
Art Collector magazine - Sept to Dec 2012
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Art Deco Show– Napier - New Zealand
A Star is Born– Brunswick Gallery - Melbourne
Postcards from Hawaii - St. Kilda - Melbourne
Pastels and Pearls – Fringe Festival – Melbourne
Colour Me- Territories Colours Gallery - N.T.
Open Studio – Collective Melbourne – Melbourne
Light and Dark– The Convent Gallery – Daylesford- Victoria
Retrospective - The White Room Gallery - Brunswick - Melbourne
Love and tragedy under the big top - Samantha Thompson studio - Geelong
MOD - MAD Gallery - Victoria -Oct 2012
Selected Group Shows
First Light Art Show– Napier – New Zealand
Art Contest – London – U.K – Excellence Award
Postcard Show – Linden Gallery- Melbourne
She Who Inspires - Dandenong - Melbourne
Gifted - Kingston Arts Centre - Melbourne
Out in the South - Kingston Art Centre – Melbourne
Melbourne Art Show – Exhibition Centre – Melbourne
Guangzhou International Art Fair - China
Chairs for Charity - Caulfield Race Course - Melbourne
Out of the Blue - Palm House Gallery - Sydney
RMIT Group Show – RMIT Brunswick Campus - Melbourne
Black and White, Shades of Grey - Pigment Gallery - Melbourne
Group Show - Month Albert - Melbourne
Icon - Art at Watergarden - Geelong
Art Expo - Pier 92 - New York
St Josephs College Art expo - June 2012
Derinya Art and Craft exhibition - July 2012
Art Expo Brisbane - Exhibition center July 2012
City Library Gallery - Melbourne - Aug 2012
Art Expo Sydney - Sydney - Sept 2012
Parallex Art Fair - Chelsea Town Hall -London -Oct 2012
Streets are alive - Wool Museum - Geelong - Nov 2012
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