Kerry R. Thompson
 

Kerry R. Thompson was born in 1986 in San Diego California, graduating Magna Cum-Laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in art in 2009 and later from the New York Academy of Art with a Masters degree in Painting in 2014.

 

Kerry has exhibited work in his first solo show, “K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos” at the Noel-Baza Gallery in San Diego, CA (2012), as well as numerous shows affiliated with the New York Academy of Art, including Take Home A Nude at Sotheby’s and it’s preview event at The FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea. While at the Academy, Kerry was awarded the First Year Scholarship and the Larry Creel Scholarship, and was one of 6 students to be shortlisted for the Third Year Fellowship. Kerry has also participated in numerous artist residencies overseas and locally, including the Terra Foundation for American Art-Europe in Giverny, France, and the Hudson River School Painting Residency at Clermont and Olana, NY.

 

His work is both a celebratory and critical exploration of the delicate and highly complex natural biological systems of the world and the artificial human relationship to those systems. This focus is largely the result the artist’s upbringing, in which an understanding of and respect for the sciences, the natural world, and the human role in that world were nurtured through study and firsthand experience.

 

Kerry´s work is both a celebratory and critical exploration of the delicate and highly complex natural biological systems of the world and the artificial human relationship to those systems. Kerry investigates the intricate interrelatedness of the inhabitants of various worldwide biomes, the formation of these systems through the naturally selective forces of evolution, and the human role as an orchestral force acting on these systems from the outside, not within. Here the human capacities for ambition, hubris, arrogance, invention, and mimicry are explored as we attempt to replicate from the past or fine-tune the present.

 

Within his work, the artifice and sterility of the diorama tableau meets the dynamic cacophony of living systems connected by an invisible interdependence. Through the formation and maintenance of these systems, in both historical and current manifestations, the artificial human element orchestrates the natural world from afar.

 

The use of an economy of short hand, popularized in science illustration and diorama murals, meets traditional, venerated operatic compositional forms of art historical modalities on an epic scale. The pieces utilize the oil painting language of the artistic past to recontextualize the scientific and biological understanding of the natural world today. In this way, the work is a balancing act between opposing stylistic and conceptual reads:  natural vs. artificial, historical stylism and contemporary biological understanding, all in the service of what evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins describes as a “transcendent wonder.

 

CURATED AND PARTICIPATED EXHIBITIONS

Curatorial:

2007 Works on Paper, Gallery One, San Francisco, CA

2008  Conceptual Information Arts Senior Show, San Francisco State University, CA

  • Regions & Realms, San Francisco State University, CA

Reassemblance, San Francisco State University, CA

The Salon, San Francisco State University, CA

Exhibitions:

  • One Love, Gallery One, San Francisco, CA

Works on Paper, Gallery One, San Francisco, CA

2008 Video Quilt, Artists’ Television Access, CA

Conceptual Information Arts Senior Show, San Francisco State University, CA

2009  Regions & Realms, San Francisco State University, CA

Stillwell Student Art Show, San Francisco State University, CA

2012  K.R. Thompson: A New Mythos, solo show, Noel-Baza Fine Art, San Diego, CA

2014 2014 Giverney Residency Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY

2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY

Take Home a Nude Preview Night, The FLAG Art Foundation, Chelsea, NY

Take Home a Nude Art Auction, Sotheby’s, NY

 

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2012 Recipient of the First Year Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, NY

2013  Recipient of the Terra Foundation for American Art-Europe Residency in Giverny, France, New York Academy of Art, NY

Recipient of the Larry Creel Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, NY

2014Hudson River School Painting Residency, Clermont and Olana, New York Academy of Art, NY

Shortlisted for Third Year Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, NY

 

EDUCATION / COURSES

2004-05  Figure and Portrait Drawing, Watts Atelier, Encinitas, CA

2005-09   B.A. (Painting and Conceptual Information Arts), Graduated Magna Cum-Laude, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2010-11   Figure and Portrait Painting and Drawing, Watts Atelier, Encinitas, CA

2012-14   Master of Fine Arts, Painting, New York Academy of Art, New York City, NY

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Treadmill
Treadmill
Evolution of Horses
Evolution of Horses
Birth of Flowering Plants
Birth of Flowering Plants