Samantha Thompson – Love and Tragedy Under the Big Top

Fire eaters, roving musicians and a pole dancer will transform an artist’s studio into a lively theatrical arena for the opening of Samantha Thompson’s solo exhibition Love and Tragedy Under the Big Top.

The dramatic performances will amplify the circus theme of Thompson’s latest paintings which depict a cast of ‘carnival-esque’ characters and quirky creatures. The event, to be held on Sunday 25 September at Studio 47 includes a silent auction for one of the artworks, and a door prize for a limited edition print.

Samantha Thompson, Spotlight. Image courtesy the artist.

Thompson’s press release states: “There is a joyful playfulness to the way Samantha works, which is expressed in the paintings, [the characters are] highly sensual and at times erotic in their posture and softly curved and evocative in their body language… Colour, gaze and movement seem to be essential elements to her work as well as the gentle dominance of the female form expressed in an unashamedly sensual manner.”

Samantha Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.

Based in Geelong, Thompson works at Studio 47 where she shares the space with several other artists. To create her oil and pastel paintings, she draws inspiration from art deco designs, burlesque culture, and old photos from National Geographic. As well as creating two dimensional works, Thompson has ventured into homewares and textile design. This year Thompson’s works were published in Vogue Living, Inside Out and The Saturday Age.

Love and Tragedy Under the Big Top is being held on Sunday 25 September 2011, 3pm to 7pm at Studio 47, Level 1, 47 Malop Street, Geelong. Tickets cost $20 and can be ordered by sending an email with contact details to Thompson’s work can be viewed on the artist’s website at

Samantha Thompson, Power and Beauty. Image courtesy the artist.

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