Molly Thomson

lives and works near Norwich, Scotland

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Artist Statement:

"My conversation is with the object of the painting and with its hybrid identities. Beginning most often with the simple fact of the rectangular painting panel I place myself in the position of both agent and observer, using acts of cutting, reassembling and pouring to re-form - and respond to - each piece. I am interested not only in the layered facade that is presented, but also in the fact that the painting casts and contains shadows. There is always a delicate balance between control and the unpredictable behaviour of materials, and the process advances by slow increments, mis-steps and revisions. Occasionally work descends from the wall and demands space or even mobility. There is play and sometimes there is humour.

Current work continues to evolve through the setting of a series of problems and displacements in each structure. Interior spaces are often implicated, even if only glimpsed through the smallest of openings, and I am interested in the quiet question that such breaks in the facade might pose. Sometimes the paintings are layered, suggesting compressed strata of parallel surfaces. Some paintings may quietly allude to what cannot or shouldn’t be seen, while others flex their joints or extend their surfaces with a touch more expansiveness. Often it can seem to me that order is provisional - something to be tampered with."

Molly Thomson



born in Perth, Scotland
  MA (Painting) – Royal College of Art, London
  Diploma in Post-Graduate studies (Sculpture) – Edinburgh College of Art
  MA Fine Art (Sculpture) – Edinburgh University and College of Art
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2023 Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
At Cross Purposes, Oriel Mon, Anglesey, North Wales
At Cross Purposes, Queen Street Studios, Belfast, North Ireland
2022 ART MATTERS 6, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
Group show, &Gallery, Edinburgh
Paint Edgy, Contemporary British Painting, Ropewalk Gallery, Barton-upon-Humber, England
An Expanding Field, Gloam, Sheffield, England
Vitalistic Fantasies, Contemporary British Painting, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
Line,Colour and Form, (3-person exhibition), &Gallery, Edinburgh
Paradoxes, Contemporary British Painting, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
2021 ART MATTERS 4, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
Border Crossing, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough
Que des femmes. 6th Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France
Perceiving Anomalies, Yellow Archangel, General Practice, Lincoln
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Orbit, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2020 Vitalistic Fantasies, Contemporary British Painting, The Cello Factory, London
A Fine Balance, Houghton Hall, 19), 2019), Norfolk
Image_Object, Poimena Gallery, Mona Foma festival, Launceston
2019 neo:art prize, Bolton Art Gallery, Bolton
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Creekside Open 2019, APT Gallery, London
The End of Lines, X Marks the Spot, Great Yarmouth
Contemporary British Painting, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
Made in Britain, Contemporary British Painting, National Museum of Poland, Gdansk
4-person exhibition, Gray Contemporary, Houston, Texas
2018 Artworks Open 2018, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
Beep Painting Biennial, Swansea Art School, Swansea
2017 Contemporary British Painting Prize, Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Richmond Museum London
2016 Plenty of time to lose your balance, Nunn’s Yard Gallery, Norwich
PING, The Minories, Colchester
2014 Of Other Spaces, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University
Recent Works, Thirteen A Gallery, Norwich (solo)
2012 Regrouping, Bend in the River Gallery, Workstation, Sheffield
x-Church, Gainsborough
2011 Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
2010 We Are What We Do, Stew Gallery, Norwich
2009 Locus, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2008 Digital Eyes 2008-2009,Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
2007 Siggraph 2007, Global Eyes, San Diego, USA
2006 Unsern Nachbarn, Haus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany
Proof, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
2005 V9-U9 Project, Print Portfolio, (India/UK)
2002 On the Edge, Salthouse, Norfolk
2000 Connections, John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich
Drawing Connections, Beach Museum, Kansas, USA



Orford Ness, Suffolk

Asabi School of Art, Tokyo


Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures’, review in Journal of Contemporary Painting (issue 4.1)
Joint guest-editor of Journal of Contemporary Painting (issue 3.1&2: Painting as Commitment)


Interview with Contemporary British Painting. October newsletter


Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Norwich University College of the Arts




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