Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 127cm (H) x 101.6cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 50" (H) x 40" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The Intensity of Soul glows from within illuminating particles of matter as they float upward in an undefined space. There is a mysterious aura that speaks to the intuitive mind, yet eludes rational thinking. It is one of these paintings that is difficult to describe. The canvas is lightly textured with silica sand and gesso which adds a materiality to the ethereal atmosphere.
"I paint two styles of work – multicolor and monochrome. The multicolors resemble light phenomena seen in nature – a brightening sunrise, burning flame, brilliant aurora, light rays breaking through a forest. In contrast to these vivid images, the monochromes express subtler qualities of light – a shimmering milky way, dust particles catching sunlight, glow of moonlight on a grassy field. Both the monochromes and multicolors are wholly abstract; void of identifiable subject matter, concepts, symbols or themes. They do not burden viewers with intellectual analysis and can be simply enjoyed for their color and light."
Canadian art critic John K. Grande writes: "Contemplative and poetic, these paintings by Heidi Thompson invite contemplation for the surface carries a gentle and harmonious action while remaining set in the materiality of the moment. And this materiality suggests an infinite and invisible journey, one we are all embarked on, that is ongoing. Thompson’s paintings evoke a real nature in that her process is less about the ego-systems of historical progression that Abstract Expressionism and modernism were all about, but instead suggests a basic respect for the ecosystem of body and mind and spirit and the nature that all art is part of."
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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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