Artist Statement -

Wendy is a quintessential English artist; she continually inspires others by her originality, creativity and quality. Passion, energy and her love of art appeals to every human emotion.
Her childhood and family roots are in the North East of England, her values stem from an industrial and hard working upbringing. Her first sketch was at 9 years old, whilst listening to the radio translating the broadcast to a drawing called the ÔEvolution of ManÕ

From her origins in the North East, she now lives amidst the natural beauty of the Cotswolds; where she shares her life with her family and grandson Louis

Today, her life is enriched with exceptional creative influence, brightening the lives around her. Wendy invests in the social community, thinking of others before herself, sharing her visionary values and learning.

Her favourite quote was by Marcus Aurelius:
ÒNatural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural abilityÓ

WendyÕs natural ability and credentials reach many, including government MPs, the recent Governor of the Bank of England, Lord Mervyn King and HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, making Wendy an artist you are able to invest in for the future.

Artist Exhibitions

Commissions and residencies
2002 A Year in the Life, Exhibition and Artist in Residence, Funded by Darlington Building Society and Northern Arts Encore Award
2001 Emergency Response, Contemporary artwork commission, Funded by ETOL Teesside Operations
2001 Enron Power, Contemporary artwork commission, Funded by Enron Teesside Operations
2001 Art of Technology, Exhibition, Funded by Davy Process Technology and Arts and Business
2001 Contemporary artwork commission, Funded by Darlington Building Society

Solo exhibitions
2005 Solo Exhibition of new works, Blue Zucchini, Tetbury, Gloucestershire Starts November 2005
2005 Exhibition Blue Zucchini, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
2002 New Works, Pheonix Gallery, Wilton International
2001 Moods, The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees
2000 Portfolio, The Rotunda Gallery, University of Durham
2000 Abstract Visions, The Waterside Gallery, Stockton Riverside
2004 24th March - 4th May 2004 The Glass Corridor Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre
2004 2nd November 3 months The Rivers Gallery, Nailsworth

Group exhibitions
2011 Burlington Gallery, Cheltenham
2012 The Art Gallery, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
2005 Rivers Gallery, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
2003 October 2003 The Battersea Art Fair, London - Artist License Gallery
2003 The Biscuit Factory (exhibition to be held this year)
2004 24th March - 4th May 2004 The Glass Corridor Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre
2002 The Body, The Studio Gallery, Yarm, Cleveland
2002 The Blue Period, The Studio Gallery, Yarm, Cleveland

Prizes and awards
2002 Cultural Business Venture Award for 'Art in the Making' Touring exhibitions and Commissions, Northern Arts
2002 Encore Award (one of ten awarded), A Year in the Life' Exhibition and Artist in Residence with Darlington Building Society, Northern Arts
2001 Cultural Award, Canada Life Best New Business Award
2001 New Partners Award, for the 'Art of Technology' exhibition, Arts and Business Sponsors Club


Artist Publications

July 11th 2006

Stroud-based artist Wendy Thompson went back to her roots in the North-east recently – to help present one of her paintings to the Governor of the Bank of England.

Wendy, who was formerly Artist in Residence for the Darlington Building Society from 2001 to 2003 was invited back to present a signed limited edition print of one of her paintings to Mervyn King who was on an official visit to building society offices.

The painting depicts the society’s first head office in Church Row, Darlington.

“It was an honour to be invited back to help celebrate the Darlington Building Society’s 150th anniversary and to meet the governor of the Bank of England.

Wendy, whose work sells internationally, has most recently been busy in Dursley running a cartoon workshop for youngsters at GL11.

Locally her work can be seen at the Rivers Gallery, Nailsworth and the Blue Zucchini Tetbury. Room for Art, Cobham, Surrey

Wendy first won a commission for the Darlington Building Society in 2001 with a selection of vibrant contemporary paintings portraying aspects of the Society’s role in the community.

During 2002 she became the Society's first 'artist in residence' (funded by Darlington Building Society and Northern Arts Encore Award) and produced a number of pieces which reflected a year in the life of the Society. Her original work is still on display in their head office in Darlington.

Wendy Thompson hails from Stockton-on-Tees and has won a reputation for herself in the North-east with exhibitions at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory and prestigious corporate commissions.

She subsequently won a string of business award nominations and got an award in 2002 for a collaboration with a company under Art and Business New Partners. Last year one of her paintings was selected for an exhibition at the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank and she’s also exhibited in the USA

Picture caption:

Peter Rowley (left) chief executive of Darlington Building Society and artist Wendy Thompson present the print to Bank of England governor Mervyn King.


Award-winning artist Wendy Thompson is launching her first exhibition in the Cotswolds on Friday March 11 2005.

Wendy Thompson hails from Stockton-on-Tees and has carved a reputation for herself in the North East with exhibitions at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory, prestigious corporate commissions and as Artist in Residence at the Darlington Building Society.

Thanks to sponsorship from Gary Corlett, owner of the Blue Zucchini Brasserie, Tetbury, Wendy is launching her work in Gloucestershire - her new home - with a private view at which she will auction one of her paintings in aid of Tetbury Hospital.

The exhibition, ‘Encounters’ is a milestone which marks Wendy’s arrival in the area and represents a move in a new artistic direction too.

Wendy says “Moving to Gloucestershire is a complete change of scene for me. I had often admired photographs of the Gloucestershire landscape but when I visited for the first time I was captivated.

“It just amazes me each day as I wake up and see the rolling valleys and honey-coloured stone villages. Over Christmas I just loved walking around the villages, seeing and hearing live music and people dancing. It makes me feel so inspired and creative.

“I have two sons aged 15 and 11 and it seemed the ideal time for all of us to make the change.

“As I’m just getting to know people here, I wanted to make a lasting contribution to the community. The best way of doing that that I could think of was to support the local hospital. It’s a cause close to my heart as I lost my mother to cancer.”

Born and raised in Stockton, Wendy studied fine art, botanical art and graphic art at Cleveland College of Art and Design. She worked in an archaeology department as a graphic artist before she was made redundant in 2000.

It was then, at the age of 40, divorced and with two young sons that she decided to become a professional artist. It was a choice not without risks but her careful planning and acumen resulted in a string of business award nominations.

She was nominated for Best New Business Awards 2001, Best New Business Awards 2003 and nominated again for Cultural Arts and Crafts for 'Art in the Making' 2003.

In 2002 she won an award from A & B Arts and Business for a partnership between her, as an artist and Davy Process Technology (an investment under Arts and Business New Partners.

There was a “Year in the Life” exhibition and her time as Artist in Residence with the Darlington Building Society along with corporate commissions including from Enron Power.

For Wendy, painting is her one and only driving passion. She is recognised for large vivid oils encompassing landscapes and architectural subjects but recently she has turned to smaller, warmer and more intimate portrays of nightlife.
Press Release 2005

Her new work will be on show at the Blue Zucchini Brasserie from March 12th for onwards.

“In my latest paintings, I have tried to capture a sense of passion, emotion and imagination. I’ve been creating a series of encounters which tell a story of love and intrigue which I hope will capture viewers’ imaginations. They might even fantasise about what it would be like to be there.”

One of Wendy’s latest paintings “The Meeting” has been selected as part of “The Art of Love” exhibition at the galley in the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank.

More than 350 artists competed for selection and the three winning entries, judged by a panel including artist Reginald Gray, will be announced at the opening night on Thursday 10th February. The Oxo Tower exhibition runs until 27 February.

2001 The Art and Frame Catalogue, Craythorn Publications
2001 The Fine Art Trade Guild Directory, Fine Art Trade Guild...

Artist Collections

Darlington Building Society Collection, Darlington, Co. Durham, UK.
Kvaener Process Technoloyg Collection, University Boulevard, Stockton Campus, Teeside, UK.
@PR Collection, New Zealand.
University of Durham Collection, Stockton-on-Tees, UK.


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