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Creativity Explored

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson (b. 1989) conveys elaborate narratives and creates intriguing scenes of daily life through her distinctive line drawings with simple color palettes. “I like to tell stories . . . I like to draw things where people are doing things, people on bikes, on buses,” she explains. Her work sometimes emphasizes individualized characteristics like distinctive hairdos and ornate fashions, while other times, figures are more indistinguishable, conveying a 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.

In 2012, Thompson was selected to exhibit in Pro Arts’ annual exhibition of emerging artists, Bay Area Currents. Her work, Salsa Dancers, was featured on a CB2 pillow released in Fall 2013, and in 2015, Google selected Thompson's artwork to be featured on their prototype self-driving cars

Read more about Thompson's creative process here

 See more of Thompson's work on Artsy.

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Samples of Thompson's work

Selected Exhibitions

Flying Like a Rock, Pacific Northwest College of Art Center for Art and Contemporary Culture, Portland, OR
Exposed, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black White, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Fonds Duvel Moortgat, MADmusée , Liège, Belgium

Tree of Life, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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