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BIOGRAPHY


Karen Thomson paints with oil and acrylic paint over a layer of beeswax on canvas or board. This exploration of textural possibilities and unconventional sequence of materials allow Thomson more freedom to work with accidents, engrave into the wood or layers of wax and paint, or even remove sections of the painting in order to paint over. This layering of materials and reworking of the surface tends to leave a history of the painting itself while often evoking a sense of time passing or memory.

Thomson’s subjects typically include lake MacDonald, Quebec (a place the artist knows well and loves), plants and figures loosely based on family members.

A painter and drawer all her life, Thomson has been represented by Magdeleine Monast’s Galerie la folie des arts in Montreal and La Malbaie, Qc. for 2f years. Formal training includes an Honours B.A in Visual Arts from University of Western Ontario where she studied with Paterson Ewen, a BFA (Art History) from Concordia University in Montreal and a M.A. from the University of Toronto. Karen has taken several courses from Harold Klunder at Montreal’s Visual Arts Centre where she also teaches part-time.

Karen Thomson’s work can be found in the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Qc.), as well as in many corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, England, France and China.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011
Galerie la Folie des arts, La Malbaie, Qc.

2004
Galerie la Folie des arts, Montreal, Qc.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008-2000
Galerie la Folie des Arts.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
 
Museum of Civilization, Hull Qc.

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Karen Thomson’s work can be found in many corporate and private collections across Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and China

EMPLOYMENT

Current - 1997
Professional artist represented by Magdeleine Monast, Galerie la Folie des Arts, Montreal, Qc. and La Malbaie, Qc.

Current - 2001
Painting and drawing teacher (part-time) Visual Arts Centre, Westmount, Quebec.

1985 - 1983
Painting and Art History professor John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec.

1981 - 1980
Lecturer (part-time) Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

1980 – 1975
Art, Ancient History and French teacher Westmount High School, Westmount, Quebec.

EDUCATION

2006
Certificate: International Society of Appraisers Core Course in Appraisal Studies Chicago, Ill., University of Maryland University College

1980
Master of Arts in Art History, University of Toronto

1979
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History (cum laude), Concordia University, Montreal

1976
Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

1975
Honours Bachelor of Arts in French and Visual Arts, U. of Western Ontario

 
   
 
   
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