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Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson (b. 1989) conveys elaborate narratives and creates intriguing scenes of daily life through her distinctive line drawings. “I like to tell stories . . . I like to draw things where people are doing things, people on bikes, on buses,” she explains. These people sometimes emphasize individualized characteristics, like distinctive hairdos and ornate fashions, and sometimes they are more indistinguishable, conveying a more collective populace.

Since she joined Creativity Explored in 2011, Thompson has continued to develop her already distinctive comic book-like drawings, integrating simple color pallets and, most recently, applying watercolor and acrylic paints to highlight details and apply washes of color that unite the composition.

Thompson was selected to exhibit in Pro Arts’ 2012 annual exhibition of emerging artists, Bay Area Currents and her work, Salsa Dancers, was featured on a CB2 pillow released in Fall 2013. 

In 2015, Google selected Thompson's artwork to be featured on their prototype self-driving cars. Thompson was one of the ten finalists selected in Google's Paint the Town contest, in which artists were invited to submit artwork based on the theme “my community, my neighbors." Thompson will help transform Google's self-driving cars into moving pieces of public art.

In addition to numerous exhibitions at Creativity Explored, Thompson's work was featured in West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France in 2014 and Pro Arts Annual 2, ProArts at Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA in 2009. 

Print Bio

Samples of Thompson's work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
Fonds Duvel Moortgat, MADmusée , Liège, Belgium

2015
Tree of Life, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2014
West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2012
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Tiger Leaping Gold Mountain, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
Pro Arts Annual 2, ProArts at Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Introductions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA