Marina Thompson

The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Marina Thompson’s solo exhibit New Prints, Ancient Wax. Her inspired, richly layered prints are dynamic, non-figurative, and highly coloristic. Thompson explores complex layers of shape, texture and light, often triggered by simple things—shadows on the floor or a small pattern in the garden—but utterly transformed by her vision. This exhibit merges new technologies and materials in printmaking with oil paint, gouache, flashe, and the ancient art of encaustic.

Bucking traditions of galleries and printmaking, Thompson prefers not to work in series: "Because of my design process on the computer, I take time to fully develop my ideas before beginning an encaustic work. Often I produce a prototype to work out technical issues before I develop a fully realized image. When I finish with a piece, I move on. I can repeat a form, but have no reason to do so unless there is a visual demand”. Thompson’s featured works clearly show what she means by “visual demand”.

Thompson grew up surrounded by mid-20th century high-end, revolutionary domestic architecture and design. As a child and adult she worked at Design Research, her father’s iconic store that introduced the American public to Scandinavian furniture, housewares, packaging and surface design (Marimekko). Those distinct Modernist influences, her work in her father’s architectural office, plus such artists as Howard Hodgkin, Paul Klee, Josef and Anni Albers, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Calder, Cy Twomby, and Brice Marden, and her former careers in textile design and illustration, all inform her work.

Ms. Thompson has a BA from Antioch College. She has pursued illustration at the Boston Art Institute, and surface and industrial design in Rhode Island School of Design’s graduate programs. Her design work has been honored for its innovations in national and international magazines. She has painted large-scale murals for the Miami Children’s Museum, designed children’s wear for Marimekko, and also produced and marketed a line of hand woven rugs under her name. Her work is included in the Children’s Museums in Denver and Boston, and the collection of Ann and Graham Gund. She has a forthcoming show, Reversible Floating Spaces, at Fitchburg State University, September 2016.

Thompson lives and works in Lexington, MA. She shares a home and creative life in the Five Fields community with her partner, Bob Harris, a filmmaker and professor of film and video.

The Gallery at R&F promotes contemporary uses of oil paint and encaustic. The Gallery is housed in R&F Handmade Paints, 84 Ten Broeck Avenue, in Mid-town, Kingston, NY 12401. For further information call please call 845-331-3112 or contact Pamela Blum, Curator at the Gallery for R&F, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Reception: Saturday, May 7th, 5-7pm
  • Start Date: Saturday, 07 May 2016
  • End Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016
  • Archive: 2016