Exhibition March 5 through April 5 in Palm Beach
(Palm Beach, FL -- February 11, 2013) Elizabeth Thompson will be exhibiting her work, Stories from the Everglades, at Royal Poinciana Plaza, suite 327, opening on March and running through April 5, 2013. A portion of proceeds from the show will benefit the Everglades.
Thompson was artist in Residence at the Park in 2007, and lived with alligators, pythons, scorpions and the occasional panther, as neighbours.
"For me the Everglades is not only a profoundly rich subject, but this wilderness is a place where I can imagine possible, but improbable scenarios. This is what happens when you are in a place that has the power to transport you out of everyday life. This is the Everglades,"
Thompson's quotes include Masaccio and Manet, but she paints more like a Richter or a Doig-- Sometimes even verging on the narrative pregnancy of a Fischl, all with an elaborate, highly rendered and delicate painterly touch.
The narratives that Thompson constructs are difficult to place, not just in terms of their content, but even in their voice. Constantly shifting between cinema, literature and art, the Everglades series contains a series of fleeting and elusive characters, from an abandoned Mercedes Benz half submerged in a swamp to tranquil canoes floating behind the foliage; from mercenaries to nymph-like mythical figures.
Recent paintings of development in the Everglades pose the question: Are these images about the unintentional beauty of man-made interventions, or a warning about un-checked development?
The transitions are seamless, like a continuous uninterrupted misty landscape or a magical realist plot line consisting of a suite of tableaus set in the Everglades.
About the Artist:
Elizabeth Thompson lives in Ocean Ridge (FL), New York and Paris. Her work has been shown at numerous national and international institutions including the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL; McKay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; and the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ever since 1976, when she won a competition to paint a series of oil tanks on the Hudson River, Thompson has painted mural commissions in Zimbabwe and Mexico City among many others. In the early to mid -1980s, she was an artist in residence at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Elizabeth Thompson has been a resident of Ocean Ridge, Florida since 1976. She lives in a historic home which once belonged to Major Boynton, namesake of Boynton Beach. Elizabeth also works from her studios in Paris and SoHo, (New York).
For me the Everglades is not only a profoundly rich subject, but this wilderness is a place where I can imagine possible, but improbable scenarios. This is what happens when you are in a place that has the power to transport you out of everyday life. This is the Everglades. For more information, please visit www.ElizabethThompsonArt.com.
Available for interview: