Samantha Thompson



Born 1978 – Sydney, Australia (Parents from CA, USA)

Award winning artist, Samantha is a professional multidisciplinary contemporary artist and arts worker situated in regional Victoria. Growing up in the family fashion business exposed her to a myriad of business and creative opportunities from an early age. This entailed representing a fashion label overseas and developing product shoots and international product campaigns. Having this experience early helped Samantha to run and manage her own art career which has spanned over 20 years, which includes 13 solo exhibitions and numerous Australian and International exhibitions and Art Fairs.

Death, domestic arts and feminist themes are continued favourites in Samantha’s repertoire, in which her favourite media is currently printmaking and mixed media. Samantha uses found objects and regularly recycles paperwork, building up and tearing down layers to create stories in her pieces.

A passionate community arts advocate in regional Victoria, Samantha works with the surrounding local Councils as an artist and arts worker. Working for local government as an Arts and Culture Officer for several years, Samantha worked with the community to deliver a range of community lead creative projects, having a special interest in Youth, Children’s programs and public art. This position further entrenched the relationships with state government and non for-profit arts organisations. For many years Samantha has embraced the need for mentoring emerging artists, and regularly runs workshops in arts development and studio arts from her country studio.

Samantha studied at RMIT in 2008 to further her education within the arts – majoring in weave and screen-printing (Bachelor of Textile Design) In 2020 (Deferred till 2021) she returned to study at Melbourne University, Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, with the intention of starting a Masters of Contemporary Art the following year.

Her last solo exhibition featured bastardised linocuts, cut and distorted that explore feminist themes and domestic history, she exhibited this collection in Japan, the U.K., and Melbourne. Samantha has just concluded her 13th solo exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 2019 and is currently working towards her new exhibition in Napier at the beginning of 2020 showcasing her series ‘Hypnosis’, and “Luna” a sound and installation piece to be held in Walker Street Gallery.