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BIOGRAPHY – Samantha Thompson (nee Biddle)

Born 1978 - Sydney, Australia (Parents from CA, USA)

Born from a mother that has great comical expression and a great eye for colour, and a family history steeped in storytelling, Samantha’s style bends neatly into these two restrains. Despite her best efforts, she can make no marks that don’t reflect this collective gene pool. Her work has developed over 20 +years of professional practice from large scale pastel works celebrating the female form with attitude, to big works in oil and acrylic on canvas. Woven into these years she has worked with textiles and printmaking and indulged in mixed media.

Samantha is the fifth child of American immigrants, who several generations before where first founders in America. A continual source of interest and inspiration for her practice, Samantha enjoys discovering her family ties and stories. Her heritage stems from Luxemburg, Germany and Dutch on her fathers side and German, Dutch, Irish on her Mothers before they immigrated to The United States. Her parents settled in Melbourne after several years floating, and continued business in the rags trade, in central Melbourne. Being raised in her parents retail bridal store had a profound impact on her, working with her family in such a female dominated industry paved the way for a lifetime interest in feminism and activism.

After finding love in London as a young women, Samantha settled in New Zealand (Napier) to start a family. The Art deco Capital of the world reignited Samantha passion for The Art Deco period and her art practice begun, spurred on by the colorful city. After moving back to Melbourne Samantha continued her art and started exhibiting regularly in and around St Kilda, while working in the design industry. Her work reflected the buzz of Melbourne and was playful and bold. Operating a successful Gallery and studio in ST Kilda for 10 years, Samantha longed for more space and exposure to nature. Moving to Geelong then Lethbridge has fulfilled this wish in the last several years.

The change of scenery triggered new work, new medias and her work changed dramatically. Continuing to exhibit works, and managing her practice, Samantha started working with community’s in her rural area. At this time Samantha also started supporting artists with professional development, which contributed to starting an artist co op in 2016 based in Meredith. A passionate supported of rural arts, Samantha continues to produce yearly exhibitions (Internationally and Nationally), run community arts events, work with youth and children and raise her 3 boys from her country home.

Her last solo exhibition featured reduction linocut on paper, exploring feminist themes and history, she exhibited this collection in Japan, U.K. and Melbourne. Samantha is currently working on her 15th solo exhibition at Tactic Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 2019.

“I live in semi-rural Victoria with my family, creating from my studio, the country, my family, travel and history are a never-ending source of inspiration for my life and work.”

Associations
The BOP Arts co op – Founding Director and Member
NAVA (National Australian Visual Arts) Member
Regional Arts Victoria – Member
Fire Station Print studio and gallery - Member
Australia Print Council – Member

Education
RMIT Studio Textile Design 2010
VFA Adv Dip Myotherapy 2015

Selected Publications
Art Fair 12 - Guangzhou International Fair - 2007
Printed in China-pp 90
Frame Lines - Fashion the Face of Culture - Edition 6 - 2009
Verandah - Edition 23 - 2008
The Age – 24th June 2011
HORSE SAYINGS; wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth [Paperback] 2012 -
Front page
Geelong Advertiser Sept 24th and 30th September 2011
NYC ART EXPO Catalogue March 2012
ANX Magazine June 2012
Aesthetic Magazine June/July 2012 -June/July 2012
Art Almanac - Jan 2014
Fire Station Print Studio Artists 2014 - December 2014
Art Almanac - Oct 2015
LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship and marriage. Paperback - March 25, 2015

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Art Deco Show – Napier - New Zealand
A Star is Born – Brunswick Gallery - Melbourne
Postcards from Hawaii - St. Kilda - Melbourne
Pastels and Pearls – Fringe Festival – Melbourne
Colour Me - Territories Colours Gallery - Darwin
Open Studio – Collective Melbourne – Melbourne
Light and Dark– The Convent Gallery – Daylesford - Victoria
Retrospective - The White Room Gallery - Brunswick - Melbourne
Love and tragedy under the big top - Samantha Thompson Studio - Geelong
MOD - MAD Gallery - Victoria -Oct 2012
Little Creatures - Geelong - Victoria - Oct 2014
I Dream in Colour - Fire Station Print Gallery – Armadale – VIC - Oct 2015
Object – Unicorn Lane Gallery – Ballarat – March 2017
Object Impressions – Tokyo International Art Fair – April 2018
Recent Works - Barn Gallery, Montsalvat - Eltham, Victoria - 7th to 31st of March 2019
Exhibition at Tacit Galleries - Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria - 21st September to 15th October 2019

Selected Group Shows
First Light Art Show– Napier – New Zealand 2000
Art Contest – London – U.K – Excellence Award 2001
Postcard Show – Linden Gallery - Melbourne 2003 - 2008
She Who Inspires - Dandenong - Melbourne 2005 (Finalist)
Gifted - Kingston Arts Centre - Melbourne 2006
Out in the South - Kingston Art Centre – Melbourne 2007
Melbourne Art Show – Exhibition Centre – Melbourne 2007
Guangzhou International Art Fair - China 2008
Chairs for Charity - Caulfield Race Course - Melbourne 2008
Out of the Blue - Palm House Gallery - Sydney 2009
RMIT Group Show – R.M.I.T Brunswick Campus - Melbourne 2009
Black and White, Shades of Grey - Pigment Gallery - Melbourne 2009
Group Show - Month Albert - Melbourne 2010
Icon - Art at Watergarden - Geelong 2010
Art Expo - Pier 92 - New York - March 2011
St Joseph’s College Art expo - June 2012
Derinya Art and Craft exhibition - July 2012
Art Expo Brisbane - Exhibition centre- July 2012
City Library Gallery - Melbourne - Aug 2012
Art Expo Sydney - Sydney - Sept 2012
Parallax Art Fair - Chelsea Town Hall - London - Oct 2012
Streets are alive - Wool Museum - Geelong - Nov 2012
St Joseph’s College Art Expo - Victoria - July 2013
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria - July 2013
Ficifolia Festival art show - Drouin - VIC - Feb - 2014
FEDERATION SQUARE Exhibition- Firestation Print Studio -February 2014
Fanboy vs ArtBoy -7 Deadly Sins -Artboy Gallery – Prahran - VIC – March 2014
Firehouse Print Studio - Summer Salon- Armadale - VIC -Nov - 2014
Collage Exhibition - Beth Hulme Gallery - Fitzroy - VIC - Feb 2015
Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition - Victoria -July 2015
John Shaw Neilson Art Prize - SA – 19th May 2016
Leonora Art Prize - WA – 3rd June 2016
Cardwell Art Prize - QLD – 8th June 2016
Firestation Print Studio Remote Members Exhibition - VIC – 10th Aug 2016
Bellarine Print Prize - VIC – 26th Sept 2016
Bannockburn Cultural Centre – VIC – Dec to Jan 2017
On Water – Sally Walker Project Space – Geelong VIC – Jan 20th – Feb 11th 2017
Dogs in Art – Backspace Gallery –Ballarat VIC – Feb 2nd to 26th 2017
Waverley Art Prize - Bondi NSW - Finalist and winner (Print Section) July 2017
Flanagan Art Exhibition - Ballarat VIC - Finalist - Aug 2017
Art of the Minds Exhibition – Aireys Inlet VIC – Oct 2017
Gippsland Print Awards – Sale VIC – Sept to Nov 2017
42nd Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards – Gladstone QLD – 14th Oct to 7th Dec 2017 – Both pieces acquired by gallery, “Treasures” and “Jimble Jamble”
National Still Life Awards – Coffs Harbour NSW – Finalist – Nov 2017 to Jan 2018 (work acquired by Gallery)
Art Piece Gallery 30x30 Art Prize – Mullumbimby NSW – 24th Nov 2017 to 20th Jan 2018
Hornsby Art Prize – Hornsby NSW – Finalist – 15th to 26th Nov 2017 - Honourable mention for Printmaking
Summer Salon 2017 – Armadale – VIC – 29th Nov 2017 to 27th Jan 2018
Wyndham Art Prize 2018 - Werribee - VIC - Finalist -Mar 2018 to Jun 2018
Tokyo International Art Fair – Tokyo – Japan – May 2018
FPS at II Bisonte, Florence – Florence - Italy – May 2018 to Jun 2018
Waverly Art Prize - Bondi, Sydney - June 2018 to July 2018
Tussock Upstairs Gallery - Point Lonsdale, Victoria - September 2018
Parallax Art Fair - Chelsea, London - October 2018
2019 South west International Women’s Day Art Prize - F Project Gallery, Warrnambool- Finalist - March to April 2019
The Other Art Fair - Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria - 2nd to 5th of May 2019
Knox Immerse - Knox, Melbourne, Victoria - September 2019 - Selected artist