Dolly Thompsett exhibition at ArtSway 11 September - 7 November 2010
Dolly Thompsett creates sensuous, intricate paintings by building up layers of paint interspersed with glassy resin laminates that allow images to weave through the surface of the canvases. Her detailed rendering of people and objects, mysterious atmospheres and glistening textures are inspired by the high-gloss of Hollywood movies and the traditions of Romantic painting.
By taking as their starting point photographs of both historical and recent events where ordinary people are overcome by extraordinary circumstances, her paintings articulate a moment of transformation or transcendence filtered through the artist’s own experiences. Layering together special effects to express a sense of epiphany, each of Thompsett’s works is rendered intimate through her use of paint, and familiar through her sampling of popular visual culture.