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Valerie Erichsen Thomson

Joined Artfinder: March 2015

Artworks for sale: 179

(80)

United States

About Valerie Erichsen Thomson

 
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  • Biography

    For me painting is color poetry. 

    We say something "speaks to" us when we are drawn into it. Mysterious and delightful, this sensing, feeling something from the colors, shapes and gestures is the painting's language, its conversation with us. 

    Each painting is unknown before I begin. If I think I know how it will go, I am invariably mistaken as the poem, or fragment of a poem, is excavated. The scratchings, the smoothings, the gestures, the scribbles, bit by bit reveal something new. That is the fun part. The discovery, the unearthing ... an interesting word that, for something uncovered, brought to light.

    Collectors often ask me what influenced me or why I chose a title for a painting. The answer is I often don't know. When I paint I am responding to colors and shapes, how the paint surface looks, whether the places where colors meet pleases. I may have transient thoughts while painting, where some fragment feels like something, but it's often like a dream, hard to descipher when I come out if the dreamscape of painting. Often a title will present itself, like a fragment of a poem with a larger story, but amorphous still, and open to contemplation. Looking back on a painting once it seems to have coalesced, I often have a sense of a scene, with activity, but it remains tantalizingly elusive.

    I graduated from St. Andrews University where I received distinction in philosophy. I have lived in Scotland and Germany, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, graduated summa cum laude in textile design from FIT, New York and, spent several years studying painting at The Art Student's League in New York before settling in Oregon, USA.

    My work has been exhibited on the east and west coast of the U.S. My last solo show was Critic's Choice in Portland, Oregon.  I was the winner of the Liquitex International competition cosponsored by ArtFinder, with the triptych The Wonder Of Days II chosen from entries by artists and galleries in 37 countries.

    ​My paintings are held in collections worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Croatia, Poland, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.

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  • Education

    1981 - 1983

    Art Students League, New York

    1980 - 1981

    FIT, New York, AAS Textile Design, Summa Cum Laude

    1967 - 1971

    St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, MA

  • Awards

    2016

    Liquitex/Artfinder International Art Competition

    The winner! The winning painting was the triptych "The Wonder Of Days II".
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Education

1981 - 1983

Art Students League, New York

1980 - 1981

FIT, New York, AAS Textile Design, Summa Cum Laude

1967 - 1971

St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, MA


Awards

2016

Liquitex/Artfinder International Art Competition

The winner! The winning painting was the triptych "The Wonder Of Days II".

There are no upcoming events


 

Biography

For me painting is color poetry. 

We say something "speaks to" us when we are drawn into it. Mysterious and delightful, this sensing, feeling something from the colors, shapes and gestures is the painting's language, its conversation with us. 

Each painting is unknown before I begin. If I think I know how it will go, I am invariably mistaken as the poem, or fragment of a poem, is excavated. The scratchings, the smoothings, the gestures, the scribbles, bit by bit reveal something new. That is the fun part. The discovery, the unearthing ... an interesting word that, for something uncovered, brought to light.

Collectors often ask me what influenced me or why I chose a title for a painting. The answer is I often don't know. When I paint I am responding to colors and shapes, how the paint surface looks, whether the places where colors meet pleases. I may have transient thoughts while painting, where some fragment feels like something, but it's often like a dream, hard to descipher when I come out if the dreamscape of painting. Often a title will present itself, like a fragment of a poem with a larger story, but amorphous still, and open to contemplation. Looking back on a painting once it seems to have coalesced, I often have a sense of a scene, with activity, but it remains tantalizingly elusive.

I graduated from St. Andrews University where I received distinction in philosophy. I have lived in Scotland and Germany, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, graduated summa cum laude in textile design from FIT, New York and, spent several years studying painting at The Art Student's League in New York before settling in Oregon, USA.

My work has been exhibited on the east and west coast of the U.S. My last solo show was Critic's Choice in Portland, Oregon.  I was the winner of the Liquitex International competition cosponsored by ArtFinder, with the triptych The Wonder Of Days II chosen from entries by artists and galleries in 37 countries.

​My paintings are held in collections worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Croatia, Poland, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.

 
 
 
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