Emily Thompson, Anniversary Art Exhibit

STATEMENT: I love the urban and industrial landscape, abandoned buildings, empty lots, construction sites, etc… I am primarily an abstract painter but lately have been experimenting with this series of old auto body garages. Growing up in Queens, New York I was always fascinated with neighborhoods that had blocks of these shops – one after the other. Run down, rusty and so colorful. Busy, yet lonely. These paintings are more representational than my usual style, but I am still trying to incorporate my abstract textures and techniques into these works to reflect the grittiness and distressed feeling of the subject. The Chinese food take-out containers are also a reflection of growing up in New York City. I love their structure as well and have been working on this series – isolating a single container and painting it at different angles with a limited color palette.

BIO: Emily Thompson attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her work and has been the recipient of many awards. Her paintings are the result of multiple, improvisational phases of creation, from observing her surroundings to the final touches of paint. She is very inspired by the landscape both urban and rural. Her work is about the beauty of design, atmosphere and mood, color, the application of paint and texture. Her influences include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko along with many contemporary artists of today. Thompson’s work is part of private collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Trenton City Museum in New Jersey. She has also been part of many group, two person and solo exhibits in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.


Title Auto Glass Medium Oil Size 12 x 12 inches
Title No. 8 Medium Oil Size 12 x 12 inches
Title Take Out Medium Oil Size 12 x 12 inches
Title Auto Body Medium Oil Size 12 x 12 inches

2 thoughts on “Emily Thompson, Anniversary Art Exhibit

  1. The takeout container series is beautifully done. I love the textures and color splashed onto it as well as the directional lines and stenciled words. The containers look monumental one moment and tabletop size the next.

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