Marina Thompson


Marina Thompson’s paintings record an abstracted, introspective expression of communication and human interaction. Successful communication requires kinetic creativity: layers of light, color, texture, balance, nuance, and surprise. Pattern and repetition, rhythm and interruption shape our lives. Geometry bridges the inner and outer worlds adding structure and sense – both ancient and contemporary. The pulse of color and the play of light and texture are constant sources of stimulation. Color creates light, light creates form. Marina’s paintings explore depth, energy and movement with illusions of volume, space, light, and time. The work is colorful, rhythmic, layered. It speaks of sounds, both local and cosmic, while her visual elements are both macroscopic and microscopic.

Thompson is a mixed media artist, born in 1952 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her father was an architect and partner of Walter Gropius. Drawing on the Bauhaus-influenced world from her childhood, her art is graphically strong, informed by her years in textile design and illustration. After years teaching weaving, she started a wholesale rug business creating a line of colorful handwoven rugs sold in many stores across the country. Fifteen years later, in order to work from home while raising her son, she switched to illustration. Her freelance work included illustrating gardening books and magazines for Sunset magazine, and murals for two rooms in the Miami Children’s Museum – over 2000 square feet of imagery, and much more. After working in digital illustration for the publishing industry, Marina enjoys finding expression within the parameters, challenges, and always expanding possibilities of computer software. She usually begins her work by sketching on an iPad, designing her own brushes to help express her ideas. She often prints the base layers of her work with a printer on a range of papers – from heavyweight cotton to very lightweight Japanese papers. The papers are saturated with beeswax, sometimes collaged and painted on, front and back, with layers of paints, encaustic & cold wax. Waxed and translucent kozo papers are layered to create greater color depth. Great care is taken to make sure all the materials used are archival. Marina studied industrial design at The Rhode Island School of Design, illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, and weaving from Mexican Indians in Uruapan, Mexico. She loves Persian miniature painting for its flattened, multi-layered, aerial perspectives and inspiring color palette and recently has been studying ancient and medieval Tantric art. Other influences include Howard Hodgkin, Paul Klee, Josef and Anni Albers, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Calder, Cy Twombly, and Brice Marden. Since starting to work with beeswax and encaustic paint in 2014, Marina has had two solo shows, both in 2016. The first, New Prints, Ancient Wax was at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, New York, the second, Reversible Floating Spaces, at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Her work is regularly included in juried group shows at the Concord Art Association (MA) and she will show her paintings in a two person show there in June, Color and Abstraction. She is currently represented by gallery blink in Lexington MA.