View In Room
View In Room
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 228.6cm (H) x 167.6cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 90" (H) x 66" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Canadian art critic Joseph Campbell writes, "From her studio on the West Coast, Heidi Thompson summons light and shows us the magic. She distils and painstakingly kneads it into seductive chromatic palimpsests that exert a strong and ineluctable claim on the viewer. We are in our turn summoned to the threshold by the light she harvests there, holding it close within like a secret gift or blessing. Hers is a sacred covenant to uncover the radiance of the visible, the pre-eminence of Being itself, in the matter of paint."
To create my "monochromes" I use a technique similar to mandala sand painting. I dip a small fan brush into paint and tap it against a stick to create delicate dots and splatters. For hours, I tap until the canvas is covered with layers of lines and flecks. The resulting image is a homogenous field – an energized labyrinth of patterns, lines, and vibrations. I may paint a dark border around this field to contain its movement. From a distance the monochromes appear orderly and unified. Yet up close, they reveal chaotic patterns and particles moving in all directions like matter spinning in space. The monochromes express my molecular reality – the reality manifesting as bodily sensations pulsating, throbbing, prickling, tingling, and manifesting inside me. My hope is that while the viewer gazes at the field of vibrating color, he or she will become aware sensations and their own reality.
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Based in: British Columbia
Heidi Thompson was born in Vernon, B.C. Canada. After graduating high school she moved to Europe to study art. From 1975-1979 she attended the University of Art & Design in Zürich earning a Swiss Diploma for Professional Photography. After graduating, Thompson moved to Nürnberg and apprenticed with German painter Oskar Koller. Koller recommended that she continue her art education at the Akademie der Buildene Künste Nürnberg. Thompson was accepted and spent one year under the guidance of Professor Ernst Weil, However, seeking a more traditional art school, Thompson moved to Budapest to study painting with Professor Kokas Ignac at the Hungarian State University for Fine Art. In 1982, Thompson returned to Canada and worked as a freelance photographer, painter and book publisher. In 2001 she earned her BFA and Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria. Since the early 1980's Thompson has worked as a photographer, publisher, teacher and painter. She is married to Edward Thompson and they have two children. Heidi Thompson currently paints full-time and exhibits her work in Europe, Canada and the USA.
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