b.1960              Lives and works London and Barbados

1983-1986        MA Royal College of Art, London

1979-1982         BA Fine Art (Hons) Sheffield Hallam University


2017      In Colours Where We Meet, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich

2016     Artist of The Day, Flowers Gallery, London*

2014-15 White Lies, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

2009     Estelle Thompson, PurdyIHicks, London*

2006     Estelle Thompson, PurdyIHicks, London*

2004     True Colours, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm*

2003     Estelle Thompson PurdyIHicks, London*                       

2001      Being Here: New Paintings, The New Art Gallery Walsall*

                Punctuation Paintings, PurdyIHicks, London*

2000     Estelle Thompson Recent Paintings, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham*

1999      Estelle Thompson, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

               Estelle Thompson, Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt

1998      Fuse Paintings, Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Mead Gallery, Warwick; The Bracknell Gallery, Bracknell; Purdy Hicks                           Gallery*

              Fuse Monotypes, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

1997      Estelle Thompson, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

1996      Estelle Thompson, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London*

               Estelle Thompson, Galerie Helmut Pabst*

1993      Estelle Thompson, Paintings 1992-93, Purdy Hicks Gallery,London; Winchester Gallery; Towner Art Gallery;                                   Eastbourne & Darlington Arts Centre*

1991       Estelle Thompson, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London*

1989      Estelle Thompson, Eastbourne Clark Gallery, Florida*

1989      The Paintings of Estelle Thompson, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London  


2019       beginning, The Brighton Storeroom, Barbados

2018       The Momentum; Relative Trajectories, Angus Hughes Gallery

                Once I Had A Vision..Hand of Darkness, Mo_Space, Manila

2017        Entr’acte: intermission, Galerie Abstract Project, Paris

                Fully Awake, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

                  Occasional Geometries, Longside Gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park

                  Faith, Austin Forum, London

                Among The Colours, North Lodge Gallery, UCL London                                              
                Imperfect Reverse, Anglia Ruskin Gallery, Oxford

2016       Imperfect Reverse, Camberwell Space Projects, London*

               Contemporary Abstract Prints, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

               Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London

2015      In Light of The Monochrome, Dye House Gallery, Bradford*

               Kaleidoscope Eyes, Austin Forum, London

               Equivalence, Asa Briggs Hall, Richmond AIU, London

                 DACS Foundation, Londonewcastle, London

               Carbon meets Silicon: ITA, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

               (detail), The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

                 Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London

2014      Do You Believe in Angels? Equator Art Projects, Singapore and Mo_Space, Manila

               Drawn Together Artist as Selector, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

               (detail) H-Project Space, Bangkok & Transition Gallery London*

                Head to Head (Standpoint), Standpoint Gallery, London, *

                It’s Very Quiet Here, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva

               Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood space, London

2013      Head to Head, Rogue Project Space, Manchester *

              Small is Beautiful XXI Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow & Blue, Flowers

               Theory & Practice of the Small Painting, Equator Art, Singapore

               Colour as Material, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

               Black and White Flower Painting, 2010 St Mary’s Hospital, London

2012      RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London *

               Back and Forth, B55 Contemporary Art Gallery, Budapest *

2011       Maquettes, Furnished Space, London

               Drawing 2011, Drawing Room, London

               The New Hall Art Collection Biennale, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University

2010     Calligrams, Eagle Gallery, London

              Sameness and Difference, The Russian Club Gallery, London

               The Art of Function, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

                ‘A’ is not equal to ‘A’, Quare, London

                 We are 10! , The New Art Gallery Walsall

2009     Drawing Biennial 2009, Drawing Room, London

               The Voice & Nothing More, Slade Research Centre, London*

2008     L’apres moderne, Project Midi, Brussels, Belgium

               Tipping Point, PurdyIHicks, London

               Drawing Breath, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; The Robert Gordon University Gallery, Aberdeen

2007     Drawing Breath, Gallery One, National Art School Sydney

2006     Drawing Breath, Galllery at Wimbledon College of Art, London*

                 Mulitiple Choice, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Brigstock

               Sixty Years Celebrating the Arts, The Arts Council Collection,

2005      The New Hall Art Collection, New Hall, Cambridge; Purdy Hicks Gallery Artists, PurdyIHicks, London

2004      Drawing Two Hundred, The Drawing Room, London

                  Summer Show, Jane Deering Fine Art, Annisquam, Massachusetts

2003      Three from the Royal College of Art, London, New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk University, Boston, MA,                  USA

                  British Contemporary Artists from PHG, Jayne Deering Gallery

                  Print Matters, The New Art Gallery Walsall

                  Santa Smiles, OLS&CO, London

                   Hybrid, Artlab 28, London

 2002      Prints, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Arts, Bath

                Summer Exhibition in Annisquam, Jane Deering, MA, USA

                Purdy Hicks Gallery at the Fine Art Society, The Fine Art Society, London

2001       Felim Egan, Estelle Thompson Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art NY

                British Abstract Painting 2001, Flowers East, London*

                Einmal Leiwand, Einmal Papier, Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt

2000      BLUE: borrowed and new, The New Art Gallery Walsall*

                  British and Irish Contemporary Art, Jane Deering, Annisquam, MA

1997-99  History, The Mag Collection, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh, Cartwright Hall,                                           Bradford,York City Art Gallery Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne*

1998        Etchings from Hope(Sufferance )Press, Malborough Graphics, London & NY Publishers Fair, Brooke Alexander                         Editions, NY

                   Ten Years of Printing at Hope(Sufferance)Press, Sun and Doves Gallery, London

 1997         The Print Show, Flowers Graphics, London

                   Shadow of Life, Art97, Business Design Centre, London*

1995         Cabinet Art, Jason & Rhodes, London

                   Credo, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

                  The Question of Scale, Gosport Museum, Gosport, Evreham, Bucks, Bedales Gallery,  Petersfield, The Winchester                    Gallery, Winchester, Arnolfini, Bristol*

                   Six British Painters, Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt, Germany   

1994           Drawing, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

1993-5       Moving into View : Recent British Painting, Royal Festival Hall,  London Touring to Darlington Arts Centre;                                     Chapter, Cardiff; Oriel Gallery, Mold, Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance, University of Northumbria, Newcastle                         upon Tyne, Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan; Harrogate Museum & Art Gallery, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

1993            Bruise - Painting for the Nineties, Cornerhouse, Manchester

1992-93     (dis)parities,Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffied & Purdy Hicks Gallery,                                London* 

1992            The Discerning Eye 1992, The Mall Galleries, London*

                       Heaven & Hell, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London

                       Women’s Art at New Hall, New Hall, Cambridge*

                       10th Anniversary Castelfield Gallery, Manchester & Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

                       Bruise, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

                      Allegories Of Desire, The Small Mansion Arts Centre, London

1991           Homage To The Square II, Flaxman Gallery, London

                     The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London

                     Art In Worship, Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcester*

                   23e Festival International de La Peinture, Château-Musee de  Cagnes – Sur-Mer, France*

                   Homage To The Square, Flaxman Gallery, London

1990           The Theory & Practice of the Small Painting,,Anderson O’Day, London

                     New Acquisitions, Unilever House, London*

                     Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1989           Art and Nature, Flaxman Gallery, London*

                     Painters at Winchester, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester*

1988           Women and Water, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London

                     A green Thought in a green Shade, Richard Pomeroy Gallery,

                     Royal Overseas League Annual, Overseas House, London*

1987           The Opening Show, Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London

                    Artists who studied with Peter de Francia, Camden Arts Centre*

                    Landscape /Urbanscape , Paton Gallery, London

1986          Three Painters From The RCA, Paton Gallery, London                                                              

*publication of catalogue or monograph


Arts Council of Great Britain                            British Midland              

British Council                                                     County NatWest                      

British Museum                                                  De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.     
New York Public Library                                     The Economist Group                     

Contemporary Art Society                                 Arthur Anderson & Co                      

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne                       Coopers & Lybrand             

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull                                      Credit Suisse First Boston          

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal                          Deutsche Bank 

Oldham Art Gallery                                              Eversheds, Birmingham 

The New Art Gallery, Walsall                             Pearl Assurance

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital               Goldman Sachs

New Hall College, Cambridge                           Pearson plc, New York

De Montfort University, Leicester                   Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

University of Warwick                                        Unilever plc

TI Group plc                                                           Reed International

Pallant House Gallery


2017-18     John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

2016-17     Canouan Suite & Other Pieces (Papilotte Press) a collection of poetry, prose and image by Philip Nanton ISBN:                       978-0-9931086-7-9

2016          UCL Research Catalyst Awards

2014          Hull PCT/LIFT & Slade Press, London - commissioned print edition

2009-12    Centre for the Creative Industries, Wrexham Glyndwr University

2009-10    Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University

2008-11     South Bristol Community Hospital, Bristol

2008-10    The Orchard Centre, Hull

1999          Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

1993          Quaglino’s, St James’s, London commissioned by Sir Terence Conran

1990          Prudential Award for the Arts 1990/Arts Council Special Award

1988         Royal Overseas League Travel Award

1983         Ethel Willis, Ethel Henriques & Fred Richards Memorial Scholarship


2008         Trelex Residency, Trelex, Switzerland

2009         Book Art and Peer Exchange Summer Residency, Trelex, Switzerland


2015          DACS Foundation Auction, DACS Foundation, Mark Waugh

2010          The Robert Deveraux Collection of Post –War British Art, Sotheby’s

2009        Painting Today, Tony Godfrey, Phaidon Press

2009        Artist Estelle Thompson on Malevich, Tate Modern magazine Autumn

2009        Estelle Thompson, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

2006        Estelle Thompson, Open Geometries, Michael Archer, London, Purdy Hicks Gallery

2004       True Colours, Bjorn Wetterling, Stockholm, Wetterling Gallery,

2001        Estelle Thompson, (monograph) Tony Godfrey and Deborah Robinson, London, Merrell

                Art Works – British & German Contemporary Art 1960-2000, Mary Findley, Alaistair Hicks,

                Friedhelm Hutte, London, Deutsche Bank, Merrell

2000      Estelle Thompson, Deborah Dean, Nottingham, Angel Row Gallery

                The TI Group Art Collection, Paul Huxley RA, London, TI Group plc.

                Estelle Thompson, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

1998      Estelle Thompson, Fuse Paintings, exhibition catalogue, Anna Moszynska,Usher Gallery, Lincoln;     

               Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; South Hill Park,Bracknell; Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

               Vision,Edward King, Kendal, Abbott Hall Art Gallery

1997      Moving Targets: A User’s Guide To British Art Now, Louisa Buck, London,Tate

1996      Estelle Thompson in Conversation, Dennis de Caires, London

              Estelle Thompson, Tony Godfrey, London, Purdy Hicks Gallery; Frankfurt, Galerie Helmut Pabst 

1995      The British Council Collection 1984-1994, Andrea Rose, The British Council

1993      Estelle Thompson Paintings, Paul Bonaventura & John Gillett, London, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery

1992       New Hall Art Collection, Marina Vaizey, Griselda Pollock

1991        Estelle Thompson, Deborah Dean, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

               Estelle Thompson, Mel Gooding, London, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery

1989      Estelle Thompson, Tony Godfrey, London, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery


Mark Golder, Contemporary Abstract Prints, Pallant House Gallery magazine, July- October 2016

Mark Waugh, DACS Foundation Auction, DACS Foundation, 2015

Monty Adkins and Pip Dickens, Shibusa- Extracting Beauty, University of Huddersfield Press 2012

Tony Godfrey, Painting Today, Phaidon 2009

Estelle Thompson, Artist Estelle Thompson on Malevich, Tate Modern, Autumn 2009

Sam Steverlynck, l’apres modern, Art Review Issue 28, December 2008

Charles Danby, Estelle Thompson, Miser and Now Issue 8, January 2008

Michael Stubbs, Tipping Point, Turps Banana Issue 4, March 2008

Michael Archer, Estelle Thompson, Artforum International, March 2004

Pablo Lafuente, Art in the Making, Print Review, 2002

Steven Short, Secrets and Limes, Fabric, April 2002

Pryle Behrman, Proactive Print Dealing, Printmaking Today, Winter 2001

Clare Stewart, Making an Impression, Times, London, 31 March 2001

Heather Neil, Exhibition: New Art Gallery Walsall, Review, February 2000

Terry Grimley, No one’s feeling Blue at Walsall Art Gallery, Birmingham Post, February 2000

Blue: borrowed and new exhibition catalogue The New Art Gallery Walsall, February 2000

William Packer, New Home for a Gifted Collection Financial Times, 29 February 2000

Hugh Stoddart % for Art: Milton Keynes Theatre and Art Gallery Public Arts Journal, March 2000

Ria Higgins, The Art of SE1, Sunday Times Magazine, 7 May 2000

Robert Clark, Prada Goes Green, Guardian, April 2000

Richard Ingleby, Estelle Thompson, Independent, 1 April 2000

Paul Huxley, The TI Group Art Collection TIGAC Catalogue, 2000

Ron Hammick, Art for Art’s Sake, Observer, 11 April 1999

Louisa Buck, Estelle Thompson, Art Newspaper, November 1999

William Packer, Estelle Thompson, Financial Times, November 1999

Alistair Hicks, Estelle Thompson: Beyond the Edge, Antique Interiors International Issue 34, 1999

Susan Wilson, The Weather for Painting AN Visual Arts, March 1998

Tony Godfrey London and Manchester Recent Painting, Burlington Magazine, September 1998

Know thy friends, RA Magazine, Summer 1998

Simon Morley, Light as Surface, Contemporary Art Issue 15, Autumn/Winter 1997

Sandy Kitching, Contemporary British Art Shows, Vision, 1997

Andrew Lambirth, Purdy Hicks Profile, Galleries Magazine, May 1997

Sasha Craddock, Around the Galleries: New London Shows, Times 1 October 1996

Andrew Lambirth, Estelle Thompson, What’s on in London 2 October 1996

Kate Miller, The Art of the Matter, Harpers & Queen magazine, January 1995

Iain Gale, Making Marks on the Memory, Independent, 11 January 1995

Christopher Smith, All `Paintings about Painting’, Eastbourne Herald, 29 January 1995

Alan Hatcher, Estelle Thompson, Art Preview, January 1995

Andrew Lambirth Estelle Thompson RA Magazine Autumn 1993

Sue Hubbard, Estelle Thompson, Contemporary Art Vol.2, No.1, Winter 1993

Charles Hall, No Head for Figures, Art Review, July‐August 1993

Mary Sara, Disparities and Countervail, Contemporary Art Vol.1, No.3, Spring 1993

Tim Hilton, Rising in the East End, Guardian, 25 June 1992

Sue Hubbard Out of the Ghetto? Galleries Magazine June 1992

Andy Tipper, Bruising the Canvas, What’s on in London, July 1992

Robert Clark, Bruise, Guardian, 8 July 1992

Mark Sladen, Bruise – Painting for the 90s, Frieze Issue 6, September‐October 1992

Tom Lubbock, Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ in Brum, Independent on Sunday, 19 July 1992

Terry Grimley Abstractions with a Familiar Look Birmingham Post 24 July 1992

Robert Clark, Estelle Thompson, Guardian, 19 June 1992

Karen Wright, Gallery, Modern Painters, Summer 1992

Tony Godfrey, A British Painting for the 90s, Art in America, April 1991

Sue Hubbard, Estelle Thompson, Time Out, 2 October 1991

Iain Gale, Estelle Thompson, Art Review, 20 September 1991

Luke Elwes, Luminous Icons, Galleries Magazine, September 1991

Sister Wendy Beckett, Art in Worship, Art Review, September 1991

Alistair Hicks, Young British Painters, Antique and New Art, Autumn 1991

Mark Curragh, Art and Nature, City Limits, 3 August 1989

Mary Rose Beaumont, Estelle Thompson, Art Review, October 1989

Sue Hubbard, Estelle Thompson, Time Out, 20 October 1989

Rose Jennings, Estelle Thompson, City Limits, November 1989

Mark Curragh Estelle Thompson City Limits January 1988

Sarah Kent, Change in Art, Time Out, 6 January 1988

Alistair Hicks, Vision and Illusion, Spectator, 16 April 1988

Sarah Kent A Green Thought in a Green Shade Time Out 20 April 1988

Mark Curragh, Landscape/Urbanscape, City Limits, 12 February 1987

Monica Petzal, Landscape/Urbanscape, Time Out ,24 February 1987

Mary Rose Beaumont, Landscape/Urbanscape, Art Review, February 1987

Iain Gale, Estelle Thompson, The Times, 27 November 1987

Tony Godfrey, Art Now: Budding Talents, Galleries Magazine, November 1987

David Lee, Estelle Thompson, Art Review 1987

Brian Hatton, Studio Artists/Richard Pomeroy, Artscribe International, Summer 1986


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