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Estelle Thompson

Professor of Fine Art/Director of the Oriel Sycharth Gallery

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Estelle Thompson

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01978 290666

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e.thompson@glyndwr.ac.uk

Estelle was Head of the School of Media, Arts & Design at Wrexham Glyndwr University from August 2014 to December 2015 and Research Professor in Fine Art at Wrexham Glyndwr University since 2008. She was Research Professor in Fine Art, North Wales Institute of Higher Education from 2001-2008 and Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University from I994-2000.

She is currently Acting Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and leads the Discourse Project developed in tandem with the Materials Research Project within the Graduate programme. She has taught and lectured throughout the UK, including the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins & Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, Christies Education and Sotheby’s Institute, the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, and Richmond, The American International University In London.

She is in her third year as the External Examiner for BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting at Manchester Metropolitan University and was External Examiner at Bath Spa University from 2004-2008.

 Estelle is an artist, painter and printmaker, educator and curator. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and is represented in public and private collections internationally. Catalogues and publications documenting her work include a monograph; Estelle Thompson (ISBN 1 85894 152 0) by Tony Godfrey and Deborah Robinson published by Merrell in 2001. Her work has been included in various art publications, magazine articles and most recently Phaidon’s Painting Today (ISBN: 9780714846316) by Tony Godfrey, published 2009. Selected Public and Corporate Collections include; Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, British Museum, New York Public Library, Contemporary Arts Society, Towner Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Oldham Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Pallant House Gallery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, The New Hall College Collection, De Montfort University, University of Warwick, TI Group plc, Deutsche Bank, Eversheds, Goldman Sachs, Pearson PLC, NY, Unilever PLC

Estelle has been awarded several Public Art commissions including; South Bristol Community Hospital, 2011; The Orchard Centre, Hull 2008; Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, 2008; Milton Keynes Theatre, 1999 and Quaglino’s, London in 1993. Notable Awards include the UCL Research Catalyst Award in 2014, the Prudential Award for the Arts in 1990, Arts Council Special Award, and Royal Overseas League Travel Award in 1988 and the Ethel Willis, Ethel Henriques and Fred Richards Memorial Travel Scholarship in 1983.

Estelle has been Director of the Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr Wrexham University, since its inception in 2009 and has curated exhibitions in the UK and abroad including Back And Forth – 8 Artists from London at the B55 Gallery in Budapest, connecting the Hungarian MADI group to contemporary UK based abstract artists - supported by the British Council.

MA Fine Art (1986) Royal College of Art, London

BA (Hons) Fine Art Hons (1982) Sheffield Hallam University

Thompson, E. & Innes, C., Irvin, A., (2016) Contemporary Abstract Prints (The Golder-Thompson Gift) [Exhibition] 02-Jul-16 – 02-Oct-16, Pallant House Gallery






Thompson, E. (2016) Artist of the Day[Exhibition] 23-Jun-16 Flowers Gallery, London






Thompson, E., & de Caires, D., Danby, C., Schultz, D, White, M., Bevan R., NEUSCHLOSS, Stent, D., (2015) Artists’ Book: Collaborations (Conference) A Frame of Mind with Hand in Glove; Artists’ Book collaborations in education; a working collection, 20-Mar-15Richmond, The American International University in London.

Thompson, E. & Wilding, E., Ford, L., Carter, J., Begum, R., Hambling, M., Kirby, J., (2015) Small is Beautiful [Exhibition]
09-Dec-15-09-Jan-16, Flowers Gallery East, London

Thompson, E., & de Caires D, Danby, C., Rodin, N., (2015) Equivalence (Exhibition) 20-Mar-15 Asa Briggs Hall, London 





Thompson, E., & Galeta, R., Batchelor, D., Dickens, P., Booker, C., Donaque, M., Brook, P., (2015) In Light of the Monochrome. You see what you see or you see who you are? - Reflecting on painters making mirrors, walls and voids with pigments and light

(Symposium) 05-May-15 Dye House Gallery, Bradford College

                  Thompson, E., &, Batchelor, D., Boxall, H., Dickens, P., Booker, C., Donaque, M., Brook, P., Harris, J., Hilliard, J., (2015) In Light of the Monochrome (Exhibition) 06-Mar-15-25-Mar-15 Dye House Gallery,
Bradford College

                  Thompson, E. & Bracey, A., Reed, D., Rae, F., Sturgis, D., Buchler, P., Kaneda, S., Rock, N., Kidd, N., Cheung, G., Finch, M., Stahl, A., Perfect, D., Crosby, C., (2015) (detail) [Exhibition] 19-Dec-14 -19-Apr-15
The Usher Gallery, Lincoln



                  Thompson, E. (2015) White Lies [Exhibition]. 24-Nov-14 - 15-Jan-15, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

                  Thompson, E. & Starr, S., Shaw, G., Scheibitz, T., (2015) Drawing Biennial 2015 [Exhibition] 05- Mar -15 – 30- Apr-14, Drawing Room, London











                  Thompson, E. & Davey, R., Moloney, D., Notarianni, G., Philips, R., Davey, R., Wilson, S.K., (2015) Kaleidoscope Eyes [Exhibition] 30-Apr-10 –May-15, Austin Forum, London

                  Thompson, E. & Liggett, S., Halliwell, L., McClenaghen, J., Morrad, J., Piper-Wright, T., Jones, P., Hall, S., Alonso, C., Carrick, S., Weinel, J., (2015) Carbon meets Silicon [Exhibition] 08-11Sep-15, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham


                  Thompson, E. & Bracey, A., Reed, D., Rae, F., Sturgis, D., Buchler, P., Kaneda, S., Rock, N., Kidd, N., Cheung, G., Finch, M., Stahl, A., Perfect, D., Crosby, C., (2014) (detail) [Exhibition] 20-Sep-14 -12-Oct-14
Transition Gallery, London

                  Thompson, E., & Milroy, L., Whiteread, R., Craig-Martin M., RA, Parker, C., Bevan T., RA, de Francia P., Newman, F., Kovats, T., (2014) Drawn Together Artist as Selector  [Exhibition]
19-Jul-14-15-Oct-14, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 


                         Thompson, E., & Allen, P., Jones, N. J., Moloney, D., Musgrave, M., Nove-Josserand, F., & Liotchev, I., Michnowska, P., (2014) Head to Head: 4 Questions 8 Paintings [Exhibition] 13-Jun-14 - 19-Jul-14, Standpoint, London

                  Thompson, E. & Bracey, A., Reed, D., Rae, F., Sturgis, D., Buchler, P., Kaneda, S., Rock, N., Kidd, N., Cheung, G., Finch, M., Stahl, A., Perfect, D., Crosby, C., (2014) (detail) [Exhibition] 05-Jun-14- 06-Jul-14
H-Project Space, Bangkok

     



        Thompson, E., & Holyhead, R., Jones, N. J., Liotchev, I., Musgrave, M., & Nove-Josserand, F., (2013) Head to Head - 3 Questions 6 Paintings [Exhibition] 16-Feb-13 - 03-Mar-13
Rogue Project Space, Manchester


                  Thompson, E., & Holyhead, R., Jones, N. J., Liotchev, I., Musgrave, M., & Nove-Josserand, F., (2013) Head to Head - 3 Questions 6 Paintings (Public Panel Discussion) 03-Mar-13
Rogue Project Space, Manchester




                  Thompson, E., & Phillips, T., Hicks, N., Kander, N., Hughes, P., Lowe, J., Nicol, R., (2013) Small is Beautiful XXI Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow & Blue(Exhibition) 03-Dec-13 – 04-Jan-14
Flowers Gallery, London

                         Thompson, E. & Jovanovics, T., Smith, D., Davey, R., Bustin, J., Keseru, K., Gotz, L., Callery, S., (2012) Back And Forth [Exhibition]. 16-Feb-12 - 17-Mar-12 B55 Gallery, Budapest

                  Thompson, E. & Sharma, J., Woo, I., Halili, G., Justiniani, M., Navas, E., Untoro, U., de Caires, D., (2013) Theory & Practice of the Small Painting [Exhibition] 12-Jul-13 – 28-Jul-13 Equator Artprojects, Singapore

                  Thompson, E. & Volley, J., Milroy, L., McCausland, O., (2013) Colour as Material [Exhibition] 28-Mar-14-14-Apr-13 Galleria FAFA, Helsinki

                  Thompson, E. & Volley, J., Milroy, L., Amos, G., Kronacker, A., James, C., Bassens, A., Canovas, E., Lee, E., Busch, M., (2012) Black and White Flower Painting [Exhibition] 30-Mar- 12 -Nov-12 St Mary’s Hospital, London

                  Thompson, E. & Bowling, F., Milroy, Creed, M., Jaray, T.,Craig-Martin, M., (2012) RA Summer Exhibition [Exhibition] 04-Jun-12 -12-Au-12 Royal Academy of Arts, London

                  Thompson, E. & Bevan, R., Counsell, M., Graham, D., Woodley, G., Taylor, D., Healey, R., Dahan Shaw Architects (2011) Maquettes [Exhibition] 15-Jul-11-17-Jul-11 Furnished Space, London

                  Thompson, E. & Austen, D., Allington, E., Grzymaia, M., (2011) Drawing Biennial 2011 [Exhibition] 07-Apr-11-18-May-11, Drawing Room, London

                  Thompson, E. & Woodley, G., Volley, J., McLean, B., Whiteread, R., Woods, R., Gander, R., Flannigan, B., Voss, R., Faithfull, S., Shiraishi, Y., Kawamata, T., Golden, M., Bickers, P., Landy, M., Bullett, O., (2010) Sameness and Difference [Exhibition] 27-May10-03-Jul-10 The Russian Club Gallery, London

                  Thompson, E. & Bevan, R., McLean, B., Woodley, G., Walter, J., Ziegler, T., Wu, I., Shirayama, M., Malmos, J., Felgate, C., Corcoran, P., Carr, P., McLean W., (2010) The Art of Function [Exhibition] 28-Apr-10-09-Sep-10 Oriel Sycharth Gallery

Thompson, E. & Budd, R., Di Stefano, A, Porter, M., Cockrill, M., (2010) Purdy Hicks 21st Anniversary Show [Exhibition] 12-Oct-10 -17-Oct-10 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

             Thompson, E. & Allington, E., (2010) Slade Hull Print Project [Exhibition] 27-Nov-10-

                  29-Nov-10 Slade Research Centre, London

                         Thompson, E. & Bevan, R., (2010) 'A' is not equal to 'A' / Richard Bevan [Exhibition] 12-Oct-10 - 17-Oct-10 Quare, London






                         Thompson, E. & Milroy, L., Volley, J., Woodley, G., Amos, G., Kronacker, A., James, C., Bassens, A., Canovas, E., Lee, E., Busch, M., (2010) Black & White Flower Painting [Exhibition] 17-May-10 -17-Jul-10
Charing Cross Hospital and 21- Jul-10 -27-Nov-10 Hammersmith Hospital, London





            Thompson, E. & Bustin, J., Finklea, K., Magee, M., (2010) Calligrams [Exhibition]

              24-Jun-10 - 24-Jul-10 Eagle Gallery/Emma Hill Fine Art, London                   

                         Thompson, E. & Porter, M., Di Stefano, A., (2010) Summer Exhibition 2010 [Exhibition]. 02-Jul-10 - 27-Aug-10 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

                  Thompson, E. & Austen, D., Allington, E., Grzymaia, M., (2009) Drawing Biennial 2009 [Exhibition] 30-Apr-09-20-May-09 Drawing Room, London 






                         Thompson, E. (2009) Curtain Wall/Glass Artwork
Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University





                         Thompson, E. (2009) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition]. 14-Oct-09 - 09-Nov-09, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London



                         Thompson, E. (2009) Flooring design Catrin Finch Centre, (Architectural Commission) Wrexham Glyndwr University





Thompson, E. & Saye, E., Stein, W., (2009)
Edge-Edge, (Exhibition) 12-Sept-09-19-Sept-09 Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London

               Thompson, E. & (2008) Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize [Exhibition] 27-Jan-08 - 02-Mar-08
 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 




                         Thompson, E. & Danby, C., McKeown, M., Murdoch, S., Stuart, d., Tang, K., Ingram, B., (2008) L'apres moderne [Exhibition] 21-Sep-08-12-Nov-08 Project Midi, Brussels Thompson, E. & Martin, A., Taylor, M., Thompson, B., Douglas S., Rolph, D., Flood-Paddock, J., Kjaergaard, M O., (2008) Tipping Point [Exhibition]. 10-Jan-08-02-Feb-08 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London


                  Thompson, E. (2008) Interior way-finding Floor design (Architectural commission) South Bristol Community Hospital
AWW Architects Client. Bristol Infracare LIFT Ltd

                  Thompson, E. (2008) Lighting Canopy Entrance (Architectural commission) South Bristol Community Hospital Hoare Lea Lighting Client. Bristol Infracare LIFT Ltd

                         Thompson, E. (2008) Façade (Architectural commission) South Bristol Community Hospital AWW architects Client. Bristol Infracare LIFT Ltd

                  Thompson, E. & Taylor, A., Thomas, P., Davenport, I., Krut, A., Parker, C., Dant, A., Petherbridge, D., (2008) Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize [Exhibition] 27-Apr -08 - 02-Jul -08 Robert Gordon University Gallery, Aberdeen

                  Thompson, E. & Taylor, A., Thomas, P., Davenport, I., Krut, A., Parker, C., Dant, A., Petherbridge, D., (2007) Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize [Exhibition] 22-Feb-07-13-Apr-07 NAS Gallery, Sydney

     
            Thompson, E. & Taylor, A., Thomas, P., Davenport, I., Krut, A., Parker, C., Dant, A., Petherbridge, D., (2006) Drawing Breath: 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize [Exhibition] Wimbeldon College of Art, London

                         Thompson, E. (2006) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition]. 17-Feb-06 –18-Mar-06, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

               Thompson, E. & Austen, D., (2005) Drawing Two Hundred – Biennial Fundraiser [Exhibition] 06-May-05-14-May-05 Drawing Room, London






Thompson, E. (2004) Estelle Thompson True Colours [Exhibition] 18-Mar-04 -Apr- 04, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Thompson, E. & Allington, E., Smith, D., Cullinan, C., (2004) Hybrid [Exhibition] 04-Dec-03 - 23-Jan-04
Art Space, Imperial College London








                         Thompson, E. (2003) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition] 16-Oct-03 - 15-Nov-03, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London





                         Thompson, E. & Di Stephano, A., Jackowski, A., Porter, M., (2003). European Contemporary Artists from Purdy Hicks Gallery [Exhibition]. 16-Jul-03 - 09-Sep-03, Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA, USA





                         Thompson, E. & Di Stefano, A., Porter, M., Jackowski, A., (2003) Gallery Artists [Exhibition]. 21-Nov-03 - 20-Dec-03, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London





                         Thompson, E. & Porter, M., Di Stefano, A., (2003) London Original Print Fair [Exhibition] 30-Mar-03 -01-Apr-03, Royal Academy of Arts, London






                         Thompson, E. & Danby, C., (2003) Santa Smiles (Sometimes) [Exhibition]. 06-Dec-03 - 28-Dec-03, OLS&CO, London





                         Thompson, E. & Di Stefano, A., Jackowski, A., (2003) Three from the Royal College of Art, London [Exhibition] 10-Oct-03-13-Nov-03 Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA, USA 






            Thompson, E. & Sutton T., (2001) BritishAbstract Painting [Exhibition] 01-Jul-01 –01-

             Flowers East Gallery, London 

             Thompson, E. (2001) Being Here: New Paintings by Estelle Thompson [Exhibition]

             29-Jun-01-09-Sep-01 The New Art Gallery Walsall

            Thompson, E. (2001) Punctuation Paintings (Exhibition) 29-Jun-01 - 09-Sep-01PHG

             Thompson, E. & Egan F., Estelle Thompson and Felim Egan [Exhibition] 15-Sep-01 -  

             01-Oct-01 Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art, New York      

                         Thompson, E. (2001) Paintings 2000-2001 [Exhibition] 27-Jun-01 - 28-Jul-01






                         Thompson, E. & Hirst, D., Lalic, M., Jarman, D., Riley, B., Caulfield, P., Cragg, t., Klein, Y., Albers, J., (2000) Blue, Borrowed and New [Exhibition] 17-Feb-00 - 20-Mar-00, The New Art Gallery Walsall

                         Thompson, E. (2000). Einmal Leiwand, Einmal Papier [Exhibition] 13-Apr-00 - 20-May-00
Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt




                         Thompson, E. (2000) Estelle Thompson Recent Paintings [Exhibition] 03-May-00 - 10-Jun-00, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London






                         Thompson, E. (2000) New Work [Exhibition] 13-Jul-00 - 15-Sep-00, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

                  Thompson, E. (1999) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition] 10-Jul-99 - 11-Sep-99 Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt

                  Thompson, E. (1998) Estelle Thompson: Fuse Paintings [Exhibition] 14-Jun-98 - 31-Jul-98, The Bracknell Gallery, Bracknell

                  Thompson, E. (1998) Estelle Thompson: Fuse Paintings [Exhibition] 14-Apr-98 - 31-May-98, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London 





                  Thompson, E. (1998) Estelle Thompson: Fuse Paintings [Exhibition] 14-Aug-98 - 31-Sep-98, Usher Gallery, Lincoln 





                  Thompson, E. (1998) Estelle Thompson: Fuse Paintings [Exhibition] 14-Feb-98 - 31-Mar-98, Mead Gallery, Warwick 





     

           Thompson, E. (1997) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition] 27-Apr-97 - 08-Jun-97, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

                         Thompson, E. (1997) Prints Fuse Monotypes [Exhibition] 01-Jan-97 – 01-Feb-97, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London






                         Thompson, E. (1997) Estelle Thompson [Exhibition] 27-Apr-97 - 08-Jun-97, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendall

I have focused my researched on painted colour and established colour theory. Between 1997- 2002 my paintings and prints dealt with prismatic light, colour harmony and colour perception. I devised a new paint application process (self pre-mixed and self-tubed oil paint applied with rollers) to form a prismatic fusing of colour (Fuse Paintings) creating optical colour transition as in a spectrum. A monograph; Estelle Thompson (ISBN 1- 85894-152-0), Tony Godfrey and Deborah Robinson was published by Merrell documents this work which can also be seen in the Arts Council and British Council Collections, the British Museum and The New Art Gallery Walsall. Paintings are reproduced in The Public Catalogue Foundation North & Mid-Wales publication and in the chapter Pure Abstraction in Painting Today (ISBN 9780714846316) Tony Godfrey,published by Phaidon in 2009.

From 2002-2016 my research focused on Greek and Venetian theories of colour, colour perception and symbolism and Bauhaus & Modernist colour theory. Work can be viewed at www.estellethompson.com, and the www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk. Parallel Research includes collaborative Architectural Art projects, which have focused on colour, context and conditions of light and space. In 1993 I was commissioned by Sir Terence Conran to produce a mural for Quaglino’s, London. In 2002, Artpoint Trust commissioned two curved painted panels to be installed on the Auditorium Drum Wall at Milton Keynes Theatre. The design, manufacture and execution of which required technical materials and process research. I have also produced integrated colour designs for the Orchard Park Health Centre, Hull (2004) and the South Bristol Community Hospital (2008), where the exterior façade, interior way finding and entrance canopy lighting design integrated prismatic light, colour symbolism and psychology. A glass curtain wall and flooring design for the Catrin Finch Centre (2009) and the exterior facade and manifestations for the Centre for the Creative Industries (2011) at Wrexham Glyndwr University are more recent examples of Architectural collaborations.

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