Rebecca Thompson Recent Works
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DESCRIPTIONA survey of recent oil paintings.
On cover: River Valley, 30 x 40, oil on linen
Rebecca ThompsonRecent Works
A moment captured.
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REBECCA THOMPSON Rebecca Thompsons paintings are visual poems about ordinary moments made memorable. She employs a loose painterly style to invite you into places you have been or to places you would like to go. Thompsons varied subjects include interiors, river scenes, Maine seascapes, and views of the Mississippi Delta . In each, the viewer will find a sense of narrative, either direct or implied.
The artist often crops her compositions in ways that make viewers part of the scene. A front porch whose roof and left side are cut out of the picture is festooned with a clothesline full of freshly washed white laundry that asks you to take the porch steps and duck under the washing to find the laundress. A ladder back chair pulled slightly away from the table invites you to enter the room and join the youngster stretched out on the sun-dappled floor playing with a small dog. In other paintings of rooms devoid of figures you sense the inhabitants presence by their absence. Chairs and tables beckon. In others, roads stretch out giving you highway destinations or a climb to get you up to a mysterious blue water tower at the top of a hill.
Thompson is an unabashed colorist. She brushes warm yellows, pinks and oranges and contrasting cool blues, grays and greens on her canvases to focus the viewer on key subjects. A pair of bold yellow chairs sits on a large stone outcropping while
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sunlight plays over its surface. A bright cerulean-blue facade with overhanging, white guttering is rhythmically broken by four large rectangular doors which open into a warm, yellow interior. And, in another work, a bright blue river meanders along a course bordered by yellow-pink fields that morph into yellow green as they move toward the horizon.
The artist uses her free brush strokes to create an atmospheric quality, a welcoming, softly diffused light, and to suggest the forms in her paintings. An open bottle on a tabletop in a hazy caf suggests the hospitality of the bartender behind the bar in the background. A peninsula of land protrudes into a bayou gently lit by evening sunlight and begging for investigation. Figures on a broad path bid the viewer to join their late afternoon apple harvest.
Rebecca Thompson achieves a poetic lyricism in her canvases through a combination of composition, color, and Titian-like painting style. She makes paintings that remind as that the day is here for as to enjoy.
Joseph W. Lampo Independent Curator Little Rock, Arkansas
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Market Day, 25 x 30, oil on canvas4 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Slow Moving Line, 9 x 12, oil on canvas; Market, 14 x 11, oil on canvasRebeccaThompson.net | 5
Morning, 15 x 30, oil on canvas6 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: View from the Porch, 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board; Foxglove and Rocks, 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board; Three Tree Island, 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board
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Southern Back Road, 30 x 24, oil on linen8 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Path Through the Woods 10 x 8, oil on board; Path Through the Field, 8 x 10, oil on board; Path by the Water, 10 x 8, oil on board
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From left to right: Tall, 16 x 8, oil on linen on board; Ocean Front, 12 x 16; oil on canvas10 | RebeccaThompson.net
The Apple Thieves, 16 x 24, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 11
From left to right: Path Up the Hill, 14 x 11, oil on canvas; Off the Main Road, 16 x 18, oil on linen12 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Somewhere in New Orleans 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board; Wheatley, 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board
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From left to right: Window Plants, 8 x 6, oil on canvas on board; Kitchen Work, 8 x 6, oil on canvas on board; The Bench, 8 x 6; oil on linen on board14 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Rocks and Water, 12 x 18, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 15
Three Generations, 48 x 60, oil on canvas16 | RebeccaThompson.net
Family Ties, 24 x 20, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 17
Riding on the City of New Orleans #1, 30 x 40, oil on linen18 | RebeccaThompson.net
Riding on the City of New Orleans #2, 30 x 40, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 19
Theyre a Couple, 24 x 18, oil on canvas20 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Caf, 18 x 12, oil on board; Porch, 18 x 14, oil on canvasRebeccaThompson.net | 21
Telling It Like it Was, 24 x 36, oil on linen22 | RebeccaThompson.net
River Song, 12 x 16, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 23
On the Point, 20 x 20, oil on linen24 | RebeccaThompson.net
From left to right: Garden Music, 12 x 9, oil on linen; Quiet Time, 24 x 18, oil on linen
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Homestead, 12 x 24, oil on canvas on board26 | RebeccaThompson.net
Delta Cathedral, 9 x 12, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 27
From left to right: A Pitcher in Landscape, 18 x 14; oil on canvas; Island 6 x 8, oil on canvas on board28 | RebeccaThompson.net
Considering, 16 x 16, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 29
Crepe Myrtles and Clothes Lines, 30 x 40, oil on linen30 | RebeccaThompson.net
Chance of Showers, 18 x 24, oil on linenRebeccaThompson.net | 31
From left to right: Zinnias and Friends, 40 x 30, oil on linen; Cone Flowers, 12 x 12, oil on linen32 | RebeccaThompson.net
The Circle, 30 x 24, oil on canvasRebeccaThompson.net | 33
The Reader, 24 x 18, oil on linen34 | RebeccaThompson.net
The Reader, 24 x 18, oil on linen
From left to right: Out Looking, 8 x 6, oil on canvas on board; House in the Woods, 14 x 11, oil on canvas
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From left to right: Waiting for the Train, 8 x 6, oil on canvas on board; All Aboard, 18 x 12, oil on board36 | RebeccaThompson.net
About Rebecca ThompsonA native Arkansan, Rebecca Thompson studied art at the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock. Her work has been selected for several juried shows, including the Delta show at the Arkansas Arts Center and has appeared in multiple publications.
Her work centers on shared experience. With bold color and well defined light, she spins a story and invites the viewer into the painting. By incorporating a bit of
mystery into her work, Rebecca encourages the viewers to complete the story with their own memory of a time or a place. Our common ground.
The most frequently heard comment about Rebeccas work, I want to be there.