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Bill Thompson

BIOGRAPHY












Bill Thompson
’s brightly colored and highly polished organic sculptures are each hand-carved from polyurethane block. Clustered together, these minimalist pieces engage their surrounding space, almost floating against a wall rather than hanging upon it.

Artworks by Bill Thompson have been placed in numerous private and museum collections including: Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, New York Public Library, Microsoft Corporation, and BankBoston. Presented with the Mid-career Artist Award by the International Association of Art Critics in 2003, Thompson is also a five-time recipient of the Loft Nota Bene Studio Residency program based in Cadaqués, Spain. He studied painting and sculpture at Carnegie-Mellon University and independently at Emmanuel College. Currently, Thompson works and resides in Boston, MA.

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Born 1957 in Ipswich, MA
Lives and works in Boston, MA

Education

1975-77
Painting and Sculpture
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1965-75
Painting and Sculpture
Private Study, Sister Vincent de Paul, Art Director, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA


Solo Exhibitions

2014
Tool Box, Ana Serratosa Arte, Valencia, ES
Object Painting (with Robert Sagerman), Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, DE 

2013
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Coro, Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain
20 Years of Printmaking at CSS, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Solo Project/Galerie Renate Bender, Basel, CH

2012
Swell, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Jog, Galerie Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany
Vis à Vis (with Jus Juchtmans), Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
Topography of Painting (with Emily Wilson), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Karlsruhe/Galerie Renate Bender, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011
Bill Thompson, The Columns, Seoul, Korea

2010
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Duende, Galería Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

2009
Shift, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
Ana Serratosa-Arte, Valencia, Spain

2008
The White Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2007
Dialects, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

2006
The Columns, Seoul, Korea

2005
Seomi & Tuss, Seoul, Korea

2004
Star Tower Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2003
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

2002
Star Tower Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2001
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2000
Space Kitchen, Seoul, Korea

1999
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

1998
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Portland, ME
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1996
In Khan Gallery, New York, NY
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Street Studio, Boston, MA

1995
The Butler Institute of American Art, Salem, OH
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

1994
Morle Club, Hamamatsu City, Japan

1993
Galerie Mourlot, Boston, MA
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1992
Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA

1990
Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Hot Spots, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2014
Turn Up the Heat, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Embodying Colour, Vasarely Múzeum Budapest, Budapest, HU
Faszination Farbe, Kunsthaus Fürstenfeldbruck, Fürstenfeldbruck, DE
25 Years Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, AU
Wiedersehen Wiesbaden, Edition Multiplart, Zürich, CH
Projektraum/OUT-LOOK, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover, DE

2013
Catch As Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY
Embodying Colour, Wiesbaden, Germany
Boston-Como, Como, Italy
Monocromáticos, Galería Adora Calvo, Salamanca, ES
Interplay, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, AU
Galería Miguel Marcos, ARCO Madrid, ES

2012
Sense of Colors, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Denmark
Surface Tension, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Arise, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Topography of Painting, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
Sculptural Forms, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, Australia
Morphologies, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Art Stage Singapore         

2010
Art Now, The Columns, Seoul, Korea
Monochrome 1, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Art Hong Kong
Contemporary American Woodcut Prints, Art Bank Gallery, Washington DC
Galería Miguel Marcos, ARCO Madrid, Spain

2009
Kaleidoscope, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland
Minimal Variety Forms, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Art Dubai/Art Hong Kong
Galería Miguel Marcos, ARCO Madrid, Spain

2008
Una Mirada, Galería Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain
Re-mix, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
The Fascination With the Colour Red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany
Galería Cadaqués Dos, Cadaqués, Spain
The Columns, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Flow, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

2007
Temptation, The Columns Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Polished & Pressed, Bill Thompson and Peter Weber, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
The Columns, Art Cologne/Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain

2006
The Scent of Korea, Daegu, Korea
Painterly Sculpture, The Columns Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2005
Today’s Voice, Neuhoff Gallery, New York, NY
Resurfaced, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
Gleam & Glory, Renate Schröder Gallerie, Mönchengladbach, GermanyThirty Ways to Make a Painting, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
New Paintings, Chac Mool Gallery, West Hollywood, CASummer Sensation, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2004
Paine, Thompson, Werner, The Salt Queen Foundation, Southampton, NY   

2003
Road Trip, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Visions and Revisions, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Unisono, Renate Schröder Galerie, Köln, Germany
Boston Abstraction Now, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

2002
Edge, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Painting in Boston: 1950–2000, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

2001
Three Painters, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NewYork, NY
Estrada-Vega, Pastine, Thompson, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2000
Painting Pushed to Extremes, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester,MA
Color, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI
Rapture, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Honors and Awards

2009
Finalist for the Pilar Juncosa & Sotheby’s Award, Joan Miró   Foundation, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2008
Studio Residency, Loft Nota Bene Cadaqués, Spain (1999-2008)

2003
Mid-career Artist Award, International Association of Art Critics, NE Chapter

1996
New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Regional Fellowship

1975
A. K. Oliver Scholarship Grant National Scholastic Art Awards (NSAA)
NSAA Scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1974-75
Hallmark Honor Prize for Massachusetts

1973-75
NSAA Gold Medal


Selected Bibliography

2010
Martínez Clarà, Jesús; Duende y Fulgor, La Vanguardia, 12 May 2010
Frost, Andrew; A Couple of Peas in a Pod, Sydney Morning Herald, October 2010

2009
Flórez, Fernando Castro; Aunque algunos piensan…, Ana Serratosa-Arte, May 2009
Natural Beauties, Art.es, Spring 2009

2008
Hrbacek, Mary, Weber and Thompson at Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY Arts Magazine, Jan-Feb 2008
Kinneberg, Caroline, Bill Thompson in Boston, Artinfo.com, January 10, 2008

2004
Lloyd, Ann Wilson; Bill Thompson at Barbara Krakow, Art in America, March 2004

2003
New American Paintings, Spring 2003

2002
Sontowski, Anke; Art That Reflects a Speedy City, The Korea Times, November 10, 2002

2001
Joe, Yonghee; A Monochromatic World of Vivid Color, International Herald Tribune, January 3, 2001
Kim, Mi-hee; Altered Flats and Nodes, The Korea Herald, January 1
Yoon, Donghee; Bill Thompson, The Art Magazine, February 2001

1998
Pulkka, Wesley; Glossy Works Reflect Sweat Equity, The Albuquerque Journal, September 20, 1998

1997
Heartney, Eleanor; Bill Thompson at In Khan, Art in America, April

1996
Clemmer, David. Bill Thompson: Prints & Paintings, THE Magazine, May 1996
Miller, Francine Koslow; Bill Thompson: Minimalist Prints With Attitude,  The Print Collector’s Newsletter, March/April 1996.
Artist Cuts Distracting Noise, The Albuquerque Journal, March 17
Zevitas, Steven T.; New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Summer 1996.
Perrott, Jeffrey; Bill Thompson’s Edge,  Stuff Magazine, October 1996
Protzman, T. Ferdinand; Minimalists with Maximum Skill, The Washington Post, June 8, 1996.

1995
Hoving, Thomas, Art for the Ages, Cigar Aficionado, Summer 1995. 

1994
Brody, Jacqueline; Prints Published, The Print Collector’s Newsletter, July/August, 1994.
Sherman, Mary; Painters Maximize Minimal Work, Boston Sunday Herald, July 31, 1994.
Temin, Christine; David, Stroud, Thompson: Pushing the Minimum to the Maximum, The Boston Globe, July 27, 1994.

1993
Stapen, Nancy; Bill Thompson, ArtNews, April, 1993.
Tarlow, Lois; Profile: Bill Thompson, Art New England, April, 1993.

1992
Parks, Addison; A Sense of Humor, catalog essay, Nielsen Gallery and Butler Institute of American Art, December 1992.
Minimalism Gets a Sense of Humor, The Boston Globe, December 17,

1991
New Works Show Painter’s Sense of Balance, Boston Sunday Herald, April 28, 1991.
Paintings That Are All Muscles and Armor. Christian Science Monitor, June 20, 1991.

1990
Marxen, Patti M.; Three Artists, Three Moods on Display at Frick Gallery, Camden Herald, July 5, 1990
Narrett, Eugene; Bill Thompson: Dimensional Paintings, Art New England, May 22, 1990.
Silver, Joanne, Bill Thompson Transforms His Paintings, Boston Herald, February 2, 1990.
No Illusions: The Art of Donald Judd, The Boston Globe, January 18
Working Proof, On Paper, Volume I, #1, #5; Volume 2, #1.


Collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Art Bank Program, US Department of State, Washington, DC        
Art Enterprises, Chicago, IL
Au Bon Pain Corporation, Boston, MA          
BankBoston, Boston, MA  
Bernkoff, Goodman & Baseman, Boston, MA
Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, Washington, DC                    
Brown, Rudnick, Freed, & Gesmer, Boston, MA          
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH          
Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA          
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Gabriele and Eberhard Ehrhardt, Munich, Germany
Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston, MA        
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Hyundai Corp., Seoul, Korea
Intercontinental, Boston, MA
List Visual Art Center, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA          
Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA          
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA  
Millennium Partners, Boston, MA
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, Boston, MA          
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA          
Neiman Marcus, Natick, MA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Nine Zero Hotel, Boston, MA
PerkinElmer, Inc, Waltham, MA
Private Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
Quad/Graphics, West Allis, WI        
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA        
Rudnick & Wolfe, Chicago, IL
SandRidge Energy, Inc, Oklahoma City, OK
Song-Eun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Taylor-Winfield Corp., Brookfield, OH
Agathe and Maximilian Weishaupt, Munich, Germany
Wellington Management Company, Boston, MA and London, GB