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"Beauty can be found in unexpected places. I am very inspired by my surroundings whether it is the urban and industrial landscape, roadside and rural locations, vintage signage and lettering or familiar objects that are connected to my world. My work is about design, atmosphere, mood, color, the application of paint, texture and things that I love."
Emily Thompson finds beauty in unusual places and loves anything distressed, rusty, or broken down. Her subjects are based on her surroundings, both rural and urban. Whether it's an old diner, bowling alley or a vintage signage, Thompson's love for these subjects conveys a sense of nostalgia that makes these paintings very personal to her.
"Part of the fun is seeking out locations," she says. "I am always looking for subject matter wherever I go. You never know what you will find!"
Thompson has worked in a multitude of other styles and mediums, including acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, and collage. Earlier in her career, she worked as an art director, graphic designer, and editorial illustrator. She currently resides with her husband, the painter George Thompson, in Plumsteadville.
Emily Thompson. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education and Training
High School of Art & Design, New York, NY, 1981
B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY, 1985
Teachers and Influences
Taught by Pat Martin
Influenced by Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko
Connection to Bucks County
Before living in Bucks County, Thompson resided in Manhattan. Thompson and her husband often came to the area for weekend getaways. The two were so fond of Bucks County that they moved to Plumsteadville permanently in 1999.
Colleagues and Affiliations
George Thompson, John Ennis, Jo-Ann Osnoe, Robert Beck, Pat Martin, Glenn Harren, Alan Fetterman, Bryan Oliver, and Jas Szygiel
Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
Featured Artist, Galaxy Art Show & Sale, Doylestown, PA, 2012
New Horizons: A Two Person Show, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2013
The Modern Landscape: Recent Paintings, Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY, 2014
Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA, 2016
Solo Exhibition, Union Gallery at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, 2017
Sabine Rose Gallery, Doylestown, PA, 2004-2008
Trimbur-Henry Gallery, Doylestown, PA, 2006
Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA, 2006
Radclyffe Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2009-2010
A Different View, Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2010, 2011
Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibition, Doylestown, PA, 2011, 2012, 2014
Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2011-2015
Past, Present & Future, The Gallery of Rolling Green Farm, New Hope, PA, 2014
The Metaphysics Of Presence, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA, 2014
New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA, 2014, 2015
Canal Frame & Gallery, Washington Crossing, PA, 2015, 2016
Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, 2016, 2017
8th Annual Traditional Artists Show, Doylestown, PA, 2017
Favorite 15%, BoldBrush National Painting Competition, October, November, and December 2015
Favorite 15%, BoldBrush National Painting Competition, January-November 2016
Favorite 15%, BoldBrush National Painting Competition, February 2017
50 Most Memorable Artists of 2015, Artists Portfolio Magazine
Finalist in Landscape, Annual National Competition, the Artists Magazine, 2016
Honorable Mention in Landscape, Annual National Competition, the Artists Magazine, 2017
Honorable Mention, Q2 Competition, Artist Portfolio Magazine, 2017