About

Elaine Thompson works in drawing, print and collage and is inspired by her local environment, conservation, wildlife and the cyclical nature of time.

Elaine explores movement through the physical process of gestural mark-making with charcoal, conte and oil pastel. The surface of the paper can become cracked and worn through the process of drawing, collaging and erasing.

She particularly enjoys the technique of monoprinting, working on Japanese paper to make one-off hand-pressed prints, which are formed through a process of rolling, stencilling, adding and wiping away ink. The layering of transparent colours combined with printed plant material gives the imagery a disappearing quality which equates with the notion of memory or wildlife camouflaged in its environment.

Elaine Thompson studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and gained an MA from Winchester School of Art. She has exhibited her work in UK and Europe and is the recipient of various awards.

Elaine carries out creative print workshops for children and adults in local schools and organisations.

SOLO SHOWS AND SELECTED GROUP  EXHIBITIONS:

2021                         South East Open Studios

2020                         Open Studio (Virtual Event)

2019                         Printfest7 Sept 2019 - Group Show Algarden Gallery, Boras, Sweden

                                   Bursary recipient from Swedish Art Associations.

2018                         Lustre 2018 - selected show, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent

2018                         School Gambia Exhibition, Yalding, Kent

2018                         Solo Show Tyland Barn Gallery, Kent Wildlife Trust, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent

2018                         Artspring Gallery, Tonbridge, Kent  - Spring and Summer group shows from Feb - July

2014 – 2018               South East Open Studios

2017                           Solo show ‘Mapping Wildlife’ Tyland Barn Gallery, Maidstone, Kent

2016                           Solo show. Kent Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Kent. One man show.

2015                           Cranbrook Art Show, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent

2015                           Lustre 2015 - selected show, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent

2006                           Elephant Proof. Group Print Show. Mall Galleries, London

2006                           Body of Work. Art Competition - The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s University,                                                                                                         Belfast.

2005                           Medical Edge. Selected group show. Euroart Studios, London

2005                           Battersea Contemporary Arts Fair, Battersea Town Hall.

1997                           Crossing the Water. Joint Exhibition, The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, N.Ireland

1997                           Invited Artist. 12th Ulappa Art Symposium, Turku, Finland. International                                                                                                               Symposium organised by Turku Artists Association.

1997                           Belfast New Contemporaries. Selected group show. Oxford Street Gallery, Belfast.

1996                           Iontas National Smallworks Exhibition. Toured to Sligo, Dublin, Derry and Cork.                                                                                                  Fluxaura. A group show of environmental art along the Banks of the River Aura,                                                                                                    Turku, Finland. X-Ray Drawings. The Factory, Hill Street, Belfast.

1994                           Works on Paper. The Gallery. Arts Council, Belfast

1994                           Free for All. Group Exhibition. Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

1994                           Finely Divided, Loosely Coherent. A collaboration. Crescent Arts Centre Belfast.

1993                           Progress and Diversity. A group show, The British Council, Barcelona, Spain

1992                           New Generation Artists. The Compass Gallery, Glasgow.

1991                           Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Department of Architecture Building, Queens                                                                                                     University Belfast.

AWARDS

1997                           Arts Council Northern Ireland Award (Artflight) to Madrid.

1996                           Arts Council Northern Ireland Project Grant Award.

1995                           Second Prize.  Monaghan Open Exhibition.  Monaghan, County Museum, Ireland

1991                           Ulster Television Award.  Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.  Queens                                                                                                           University, Belfast.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2007                          Teaching, Learning and Communicating through Contemporary Art practices.                                                                                                          (Schools/Tate Modern/Goldsmiths College Partnership). A research project. CD Rom.

1998                           Arts Council Directory for Young Artists in Schools.

                                   Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

1997                          ‘Crossing the Water’.  Review in the Irish Times.  9/08/97

1997                          Ian Hill (Irish Times) for Radio Ulster.  13/09/97

1994                          ‘Beyond the Partitions’.  Queen Street Studios, Belfast. 10th Anniversary Catalogue and Works on Paper                                                            Catalogue.

1994                          Circa.  1994 Autumn Issue.

 

 TEACHING:

 

2001-2015                 Art Teacher Langley Park School for Girls, Beckenham, Kent

1999-2001                 3D Construction Tutor (part-time), Hackney Community College

 

EDUCATION

 

1998-1999                 Goldsmiths College, University of London. 

1992-1993                 MA European Fine Art

                                  Winchester School of Art.  Barcelona/Winchester.

1988-1992                 BA Hons Drawing and Painting

                                  Edinburgh College of Art.  Edinburgh, Scotland.

 MEMBERSHIPS

 

2018                          Artspring Gallery. Tonbridge Artists Collective.

2012 -2015                SLNAT -South London Network of Artist/Teachers