Closing Reception:  Bowery Gallery, March 26, 3 pm
Esmé Thompson:  Artist Talk
Molly Thompson:  Music Performance

Recent Paintings

March 1 – March 26, 2016

Bowery Gallery /530 W25th St. 4th floor

Opening Reception: 5-8 PM /  Thursday, March 3, 2016


In Esmé Thompson’s paintings and multipanel wall reliefs the use of color and pattern create a dynamic and engaging viewing experience.  Colorful and bold, the paintings attest to a lifelong interest in decorative designs as diverse as those found in Islamic textiles and ceramic tiles to those of medieval paintings and illuminated manuscripts.  The Bowery Gallery announces the opening of an exhibition of Thompson’s new paintings. The exhibition will runs from March 1 – March 26, 2016.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 3 from 5:00-8:00 pm. 

Zellij, 30 wood panels, oil, 2015

Over the last decade, Thompson has undertaken an investigation into the creative intersections of her many influences, forming alchemies of design, pattern, and color.  In so doing, she has fashioned a visual vocabulary that is distinctly her own, imbuing each painting with the overlapping and intersecting language of symbols amid repeated articulations of line and color.  She creates wall reliefs of multiple panels and the current exhibit will showcase two new pieces:  Zellij, 32 painted wooden panels and Beatus III, 62 painted galvanized tin panels.

Thompson says:  “I hope that my work represents possibility; I hope it embodies change. The repeated, interrelated images are meant to allow for a cyclical and cumulative, rather than a linear, reading.  The experience of viewing the painting becomes a journey that continues to unfold, reminiscent of the ongoing pattern of organic growth.  I seek to make paintings that blur the boundaries between high and low art and that celebrate the work people have made throughout time and across cultures.”

Thompson’s travels inform and enliven her art.  She has been a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, and returns to Italy often to pursue her interest in medieval painting and the decorative arts.  She has travelled to Morocco to study ceramic and fiber art and to Ireland to study Celtic manuscripts and lacemaking.  Thompson lives in New Hampshire and is Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.   

The Bowery Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6.