New exhibition Ann Thomson and Contemporaries to open at the National Art School Gallery

The National Art School Gallery’s new exhibition  Ann Thomson and Contemporaries presents selection of artworks from important artists and teachers at the school from the 1950s and 60s. Opening evening is on Thursday 26 May, and runs at NAS Gallery until 23rd July.  The exhibition showcases over 50 paintings, sculptures and works from the school’s Collection and Archive, artist’s personal collections and other private and public collections .

Taking a lead from Ann Thomson’s work also featured at the NAS Gallery, Ann Thomson & Contemporaries exhibits art reflecting a time where social movements were taking place, new art formations were emerging and young artist’s come together with shared passions and creativity. Audiences can experience the artistic directions of artists from the National Art school (formerly East Sydney Technical College), working in an exciting period of innovation and liberation in art culture. Paintings , sculptures, drawing, photography and experimental film by many of Thomson’s art school peers, including students Vivienne Binns, Elisabeth Cummings, Ian Dodd and many more.

The level above at the NAS gallery is housed to the 40+ works of Sydney-based Ann Thomson. Her works incorporate abstraction and figuration, ranging from gestural compositions to large-scare dense paintings and sculptural assemblages.

Judith Blackall, NAS Gallery Curator, comments: “Thomson’s paintings are both compelling and enigmatic. Her brushwork appears simultaneously confident and intuitive, her expressive application of paint and use of colour enlist deeply held responses in the viewer. Her works invite repeated viewing: their energy and light perpetually shift, revealing striking variations that excite and surprise”.

Ann Thomson & Contemporaries showcased at National Art School Gallery in Darlinghurst, opens on 26th May from 6-8 pm, and runs until the 23rd of July.

For more information visit: nas.edu.au