Exhibition Opening: Friday 3rd March, 6 - 8pm - To be officially opened by Chris Saines, Director QAGOMA/QLD Art Gallery Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday 4th March, 11am - To be convened by Vanessa Van Ooyen, Director, QUT Galleries and Museums in conversation with Ann Thomson, Joanna Capon OAM and David Malouf AO.
Mitchell Fine Art is proud to present an upcoming exhibition with Ann Thomson and a celebration of her 90th year. The exhibition includes works rare works of Ann's from the 1970s.
Brisbane born but now Sydney based, Ann Thomson (b1933) is a painter and sculptor known for her intriguing, expressive artworks. Thomson has been at the forefront of the Australian art landscape for more than 50 years and has won significant art prizes such as the Wynne Prize and the Tattersalls Art Prize.
Ann Thomson is included in collections such as Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian National Art Gallery amongst others.
Described by the late Edmund Capon as “one of the most interesting and intuitive artists in Australia today”, Ann's works are not intended to replicate a scene or a landscape, but rather evoke a sense of place.
“To paint a specific subject is just not my way of working. I have to be more open. It’s like opening another door that is to do with trust, it’s to do with memory, and having the knowledge that when you start painting the creative process begins. Too much thinking about it gets in the way.” - Ann Thomson (Artist Profile Magazine 2016).
Often described as abstract, Ann Thomson rejects this label as her works are drawn from visual memories of places and things; “I might abstract something, but I don't just paint shapes.” Thomson often refers to a quote from The Bulletin magazine when she was asked, “Are you an abstract or a figurative artist?” and she answered “yes”.
“My painting has always moved between representation and abstraction which I continue to explore today.” - Ann Thomson.