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Kerry Thompson

New York City, United States of America

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Painting • Born in San Diego, United States of America • Studied at New York City, United States of America
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Interconnectedness and transcendent wonder

Kerry R. Thompson was born in San Diego California, graduating Magna Cum-Laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in art in 2009 and later from the New York Academy of Art with a Masters degree in Painting in 2014.

Since exhibiting his work in his first solo show, “K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos” at the Noel-Baza Gallery in San Diego, CA (2012), Kerry has shown in numerous shows throughout New York City. ...

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Kerry R. Thompson was born in San Diego California, graduating Magna Cum-Laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in art in 2009 and later from the New York Academy of Art with a Masters degree in Painting in 2014.

Since exhibiting his work in his first solo show, “K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos” at the Noel-Baza Gallery in San Diego, CA (2012), Kerry has shown in numerous shows throughout New York City. In addition, Kerry has participated in numerous artist residencies overseas and locally, including the Terra Foundation for American Art-Europe in Giverny, France, the Hudson River School Painting Residency at Clermont and Olana, NY, and the Bingham Cottage Artist-in-Residence at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, ME. Recently he was the recipient of a generous grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation of the Arts.

The artist's work is both a celebratory and critical exploration of the delicate and highly complex natural biological systems of the world and the artificial human relationship to those systems. The work investigates the intricate interrelatedness of the inhabitants of various worldwide biomes, the formation of these systems through the naturally selective forces of evolution, and the human role as an orchestral agent acting on these systems from the outside, not within. Here the human capacities for ambition, hubris, arrogance, invention, and mimicry are explored in the attempt to replicate from the past or fine-tune the present.

Within the work, the artifice and sterility of the diorama tableau meets the dynamic cacophony of living systems connected by an invisible interdependence. Through the formation and maintenance of these systems, in both historical and current manifestations, the artificial human element orchestrates the natural world from afar.

The use of an economy of short hand, popularized in science illustration and diorama murals, meets traditional, venerated operatic compositional forms of art historical elements. The oil painting language of the artistic past recontextualizes the scientific and biological understanding of the natural world today. The work is a balancing act between opposing stylistic and conceptual reads: natural versus artificial, historical stylism versus contemporary biological understanding, all in the service of a “transcendent wonder” at the complexity and interconnectedness of the natural world and its tenuous relation to the human component.

"Weaver," oil on canvas, 34" diameter, 2016

"Atlas," oil on canvas , 74" x 44," 2016

"An Nafud," oil on canvas, 64" x 46," 2016

"Colony," oil on canvas, 48" x 36," 2016

"Charybdis," oil on canvas, 70" x 44," 2015

"Bloom," oil on canvas 60" x 48," 2015

"Erg," oil on canvas, 132" x 84," 2014

"Cerrado," oil on canvas, 132" x 84," 2014

"Polynya," oil on canvas, 132" x 84," 2014

"Nursery," oil on canvas, 60" x 30," 2014

"Treadmill," oil on canvas 48' x 72' 2014


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2012

K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos, Noel-Baza Fine Art, San Diego, CA

GROUP

2016

Picturing the Unprintable, Flux Facotory, Brooklyn, NY

Nudes & Jewels, CW Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bounding Main: The Artist and the Sea CW Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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AWARDS

2016, Hog Island Audubon Camp Artist-in-Residence Recipient

2016, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Recipient

2014, Third Year Post-Graduate Fellowship Nominee, New York Academy of Art

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EDUCATION (detailed)

2009, Bachelor of Arts, graduated Magna Cum-Laude, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2011, Watts Atelier, Encinitas, CA

2014, Masters of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art, NY


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