Esmé Thompson, Recent Paintings

Bowery Gallery proudly announces the exhibition of  Esmé Thompson’s new paintings. The exhibition will run from May 21 – June 15, 2019.  There will be a closing salon on Saturday June 15 from 3:00-5:00 pm.

In Esmé Thompson’s paintings and multi-panel 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 current exhibition showcases an 84-panel wall piece, Beatus of Arnhem, reflecting Thompson’s time in Australia. 

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Beatus Arnhem, (detail)


Esme Thompson - Thompson_BeatusofArnhem (1)Beatus Arnhem, 58″ x 220″ x 3″, 2018,  acrylic on 84 metal panels (full view) 

Also included in the current exhibit are many canvases, painted metal relief pieces and embroideries.

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Chiamus III, 25″ x 35″, 2019 Acrylic on metal



Untitled #1, 13″ x 12″ (framed)  2019, thread on linen

Esme Thompson - CoriolusCoriolis II, 17″ x 14″, 2019, acrylic on metal

Thompson investigates the creative intersections of many influences, forming alchemies of design, pattern, and color.  She has fashioned a visual vocabulary that is distinctly her own, imbuing each painting with a woven language of symbols amid repeated articulations of line and color.     

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Ebbing, 28″ x 23″, 2018, acrylic on paper, framed. 


Thompson says, “I seek to make paintings that blur the boundaries between high and low art and celebrate the work people have made throughout time and across cultures.  My work represents possibility and 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 an ongoing pattern of organic growth.”

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Gyre II, 22″ x 28″, 2019, acrylic on metal

Thompson’s travels inform and enliven her art.  She has been a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy studying medieval painting and decorative arts.  She has travelled to Morocco to study ceramic and fiber art and to Ireland to study Celtic manuscripts and lacemaking.  Most recently her travels have taken her to Australia to explore   aboriginal art in Kakadu and Uluru.  Thompson lives in New Hampshire and is Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College. 


  songlinesAboriginal Art from Australia 

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Aborignal artist at work, Uluru ( Australia) 


  For further information or digital reproductions contact Esmé Thompson, 603-398-7588, or visit


Closing Salon: 

Artist’s Talk, Music by Molly Thompson/ Reading by Jennifer Stock 

Saturday June 15, 2019,  3-5 PM



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Bowery Gallery

530 West 25th street, 4th floor,

NY, NY 10003

Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11-6pm. For more information, call 646-230-6655


*this blog is excerpted from Thompson’s press release; edited by Diane Drescher

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