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About

Samantha Thompson was born in Sydney to American parents, and now resides in rural Victoria. Growing up surrounded by strong female role models - three sisters and a mother working in the art and design industries, and a father in the bridal industry, a love of art and business was fostered from birth with an ambition and scope that bleeds past the art industry and into all facets of life. This support and ambitious ethos is what has ensured a smooth transition to a career in the creative industry.

Samantha’s work is not relegated to one particular media. Instead, she chooses to work with oils, pastels, inks, printmaking, textiles and even Perspex in a bid to bring her vision to life. Her art is contemporary in style and features a strong feminine perspective expressed in vibrant colours strewn with splashes of playfulness and freedom.

She’d be drawing with sticks in the sand if she had nothing else. It's a compulsive drive, a free-flowing tool for self-expression that represents both her personality and unique life perspective. Over many years, she has been able to build relationships with many chosen tools. It doesn’t matter the media; she uses whatever she can to relate to the world around her.

A love of life and all it offers is evident in Samantha’s philosophy. When not working on her own pieces, she conducts workshops from her studio. Working with small groups, seeking to inspire emerging artists, and give them the confidence they need to work freely and without barriers. The formation of The Bop Arts Co-op (a non-for-profit regional arts co-op) which she has directed since early 2016, further capitalises on this goal.

Samantha’s latest exhibition is Object. A transformative exploration of Clarice Cliffs’ work in design and a statement juxtaposing art and design, Object demonstrates that great Art is purposeless design and great design is purposeful Art. She currently exhibits in a range of galleries internationally and works from her home studio in Lethbridge, Victoria.

Associations
The BOP Arts co op – Founding Director and Member
NAVA (National Australian Visual Arts) Member
Regional Arts Victoria – Member
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria – Member
Australia Print Council – Member

Education
RMIT Studio Textile Design 2010
VFA Adv Dip Myotherapy 2015

Selected Publications
Art Fair 12 - Guangzhou International Fair - 2007
Printed in China-pp 90
Frame Lines - Fashion the Face of Culture - Edition 6 - 2009
Verandah - Edition 23 - 2008
Art Collector Magazine - Edition 2010
Art Almanac Magazine 2009/ 2013/2015
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 Catalogue March 2012
ANX Magazine June 2012
Aesthetic Magazine June/July 2012 -June/July 2012
Art Collector magazine - Sept to Dec 2012
Forte Magazine - July 2013
Art Almanac - Jan 2014
Coast Living Magazine- Jan 2014
Fire Station Print Studio Artists 2014 - December 2014
Art Almanac - Oct 2015
LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship and marriage. Paperback - March 25, 2015

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 - Darwin
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
Little Creatures - Geelong - Victoria - Oct 2014
I Dream in Colour - Fire Station Print Gallery – Armadale – VIC - Oct 2015
Object – Unicorn Lane Gallery – Ballarat – March 2017

Selected Group Shows
First Light Art Show– Napier – New Zealand 2000
Art Contest – London – U.K – Excellence Award 2001
Postcard Show – Linden Gallery - Melbourne 2003 - 2008
She Who Inspires - Dandenong - Melbourne 2005 (Finalist)
Gifted - Kingston Arts Centre - Melbourne 2006
Out in the South - Kingston Art Centre – Melbourne 2007
Melbourne Art Show – Exhibition Centre – Melbourne 2007
Guangzhou International Art Fair - China 2008
Chairs for Charity - Caulfield Race Course - Melbourne 2008
Out of the Blue - Palm House Gallery - Sydney 2009
RMIT Group Show – R.M.I.T Brunswick Campus - Melbourne 2009
Black and White, Shades of Grey - Pigment Gallery - Melbourne 2009
Group Show - Month Albert - Melbourne 2010
Icon - Art at Watergarden - Geelong 2010
Art Expo - Pier 92 - New York - March 2011
St Joseph’s College Art expo - June 2012
Derinya Art and Craft exhibition - July 2012
Art Expo Brisbane - Exhibition centre- July 2012
City Library Gallery - Melbourne - Aug 2012
Art Expo Sydney - Sydney - Sept 2012
Parallax Art Fair - Chelsea Town Hall - London - Oct 2012
Streets are alive - Wool Museum - Geelong - Nov 2012
St Joseph’s College Art Expo - Victoria - July 2013
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria - July 2013
Ficifolia Festival art show - Drouin - VIC - Feb - 2014
FEDERATION SQUARE Exhibition- Firestation Print Studio -February 2014
Fanboy vs ArtBoy -7 Deadly Sins -Artboy Gallery – Prahran - VIC – March 2014
Firehouse Print Studio - Summer Salon- Armadale - VIC -Nov - 2014
Collage Exhibition - Beth Hulme Gallery - Fitzroy - VIC - Feb 2015
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria -July 2015
John Shaw Neilson Art Prize - SA – 19th May 2016
Leonora Art Prize - WA – 3rd June 2016
Cardwell Art Prize - QLD – 8th June 2016
Firestation Print Studio Remote Members Exhibition - VIC – 10th Aug 2016
Bellarine Print Prize - VIC – 26th Sept 2016
Bannockburn Cultural Centre – VIC – Dec to Jan 2017
On Water – Sally Walker Project Space – Geelong VIC – Jan 20th – Feb 11th 2017
Dogs in Art – Backspace Gallery –Ballarat VIC – Feb 2nd to 26th 2017
Waverley Art Prize - Bondi NSW - Finalist and winner (Print Section) July 2017 2017
Flanagan Art Exhibition - Ballarat VIC - Finalist - Aug 2017
Art of the Minds Exhibition – Aireys Inlet VIC – Oct 2017
Gippsland Print Awards – Sale VIC – Sept to Nov 2017
42nd Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards – Gladstone QLD – 14th Oct to 7th Dec 2017
National Still Life Awards – Coffs Harbour NSW – Finalist – Nov 2017 to Jan 2018
Art Piece Gallery 30x30 Art Prize – Mullumbimby NSW – 24th Nov 2017 to 20th Jan 2018
Hornsby Art Prize – Hornsby NSW – Finalist – 15th to 26th Nov 2017
Summer Salon 2017 – Armadale – VIC – 29th Nov 2017 to 27th Jan 2018

Education

RMIT Studio Textile Design 2010

VFA Adv Dip Myotherapy 2015

Exhibitions

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 - Darwin
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
Little Creatures - Geelong - Victoria - Oct 2014
I Dream in Colour - Fire Station Print Gallery – Armadale – VIC - Oct 2015
Object – Unicorn Lane Gallery – Ballarat – March 2017

Selected Group Shows
First Light Art Show– Napier – New Zealand 2000
Art Contest – London – U.K – Excellence Award 2001
Postcard Show – Linden Gallery - Melbourne 2003 - 2008
She Who Inspires - Dandenong - Melbourne 2005 (Finalist)
Gifted - Kingston Arts Centre - Melbourne 2006
Out in the South - Kingston Art Centre – Melbourne 2007
Melbourne Art Show – Exhibition Centre – Melbourne 2007
Guangzhou International Art Fair - China 2008
Chairs for Charity - Caulfield Race Course - Melbourne 2008
Out of the Blue - Palm House Gallery - Sydney 2009
RMIT Group Show – R.M.I.T Brunswick Campus - Melbourne 2009
Black and White, Shades of Grey - Pigment Gallery - Melbourne 2009
Group Show - Month Albert - Melbourne 2010
Icon - Art at Watergarden - Geelong 2010
Art Expo - Pier 92 - New York - March 2011
St Joseph’s College Art expo - June 2012
Derinya Art and Craft exhibition - July 2012
Art Expo Brisbane - Exhibition centre- July 2012
City Library Gallery - Melbourne - Aug 2012
Art Expo Sydney - Sydney - Sept 2012
Parallax Art Fair - Chelsea Town Hall - London - Oct 2012
Streets are alive - Wool Museum - Geelong - Nov 2012
St Joseph’s College Art Expo - Victoria - July 2013
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria - July 2013
Ficifolia Festival art show - Drouin - VIC - Feb - 2014
FEDERATION SQUARE Exhibition- Firestation Print Studio -February 2014
Fanboy vs ArtBoy -7 Deadly Sins -Artboy Gallery – Prahran - VIC – March 2014
Firehouse Print Studio - Summer Salon- Armadale - VIC -Nov - 2014
Collage Exhibition - Beth Hulme Gallery - Fitzroy - VIC - Feb 2015
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria -July 2015
John Shaw Neilson Art Prize - SA – 19th May 2016
Leonora Art Prize - WA – 3rd June 2016
Cardwell Art Prize - QLD – 8th June 2016
Firestation Print Studio Remote Members Exhibition - VIC – 10th Aug 2016
Bellarine Print Prize - VIC – 26th Sept 2016
Bannockburn Cultural Centre – VIC – Dec to Jan 2017
On Water – Sally Walker Project Space – Geelong VIC – Jan 20th – Feb 11th 2017
Dogs in Art – Backspace Gallery –Ballarat VIC – Feb 2nd to 26th 2017
Waverley Art Prize - Bondi NSW - Finalist and winner (Print Section) July 2017 2017
Flanagan Art Exhibition - Ballarat VIC - Finalist - Aug 2017
Art of the Minds Exhibition – Aireys Inlet VIC – Oct 2017
Gippsland Print Awards – Sale VIC – Sept to Nov 2017
42nd Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards – Gladstone QLD – 14th Oct to 7th Dec 2017
National Still Life Awards – Coffs Harbour NSW – Finalist – Nov 2017 to Jan 2018
Art Piece Gallery 30x30 Art Prize – Mullumbimby NSW – 24th Nov 2017 to 20th Jan 2018
Hornsby Art Prize – Hornsby NSW – Finalist – 15th to 26th Nov 2017
Summer Salon 2017 – Armadale – VIC – 29th Nov 2017 to 27th Jan 2018

Press

Selected publications

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 2009/ 2013/2015

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 -June/July 2012

Art Collector magazine - Sept to Dec 2012

Forte Magazine - July 2013

Art Almanac - Jan 2014

Coast Living Magazine- Jan 2014

Fire Station Print Studio Artists 2014 - December 2014

Art Almanac - Oct 2015

LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship and marriage. Paperback – March 25, 2015

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