Ann Thomson ‘Something Old, Something New
Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley kicks of its 2024 calendar with an exhibition of artworks from Brisbane born artist Ann Thomson.
‘Something Old, Something New’ features a selection of new works, works from the gallery stockroom and a range of porcelain vases and wooden sculptures. The exhibition is being held concurrently with a survey exhibition at the SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney.
Ann Thomson is a painter and sculptor known for her intriguing, expressive artworks. She has been at the forefront of the Australian art landscape for more than 50 years and celebrated her 90th birthday in 2023.
Ann Thomson was nine years old when she painted her first still life in Brisbane. ‘I was lucky that I found what I needed to do early,’ she says.
Enrolling after the war at Somerville House, her teachers including Betty Churcher, Joan Kerr, and Caroline Barker, became lifelong friends. Often described as abstract, Thomson rejects this label as her works are drawn from visual memories of places and things. ‘I might abstract something, but I don’t just paint shapes’. Ann Thomson’s works are not intended to replicate a scene or a landscape, but rather evoke a sense of place.
Ann Thomson has become a force in the Australian art scene with numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is held in many collections including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian National Art Gallery.
Thomson has won several art prizes, including the Wynne Prize and the Tattersalls Art Prize in Brisbane.
The exhibition is showing at Mitchell Fine Art, 86 Arthur Street Fortitude Valley from January 30 to February17.