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Jonathan Thomson

Jonathan Thomson (b. 1957 Whyalla, South Australia) is an artist, art historian, critic and curator based in Hong Kong.

His work explores incorporeal phenomena including light, shadow and emotion, and gives it solid form.  His work is an expression of his interest in elusiveness, transience and fragility as fundamental components of beauty.  His practice is informed by a deep knowledge of art history and is based on the premise that there is no originality except on the basis of tradition.

Exhibitions

2017

Summer Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos Greece.

Neon Sculpture, Solo Exhibition, The Firm, Hong Kong

2015

The Substance of Shadows, Solo Exhibition, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong

The Silence of Shadows, Solo Exhibition, Vinci and Vinci Gallery, Hong Kong

2013

Wonderworks, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2012

All Things Bright and Beautiful, Solo Exhibition, Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok

2011

Kobe Biennial, Kobe, Japan

White Girls, Solo Exhibition, Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok

White Lines, Solo Exhibition, Korkos Gallery, Hong Kong

2010

White Girls, Solo Exhibition, Korkos Gallery, Hong Kong

Education

2003

Master of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

1987

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Flinders University of South Australia

1983

Professional Year, Institute of Chartered Accountants

1979

Bachelor of Economics, Adelaide University

Awards

2010

“Mountain Water” was selected by an international advisory panel as the signature artwork for the new Legislative Council and Government Headquarters building in Hong Kong.

Biography

Jonathan Thomson has held senior management positions with the Australia Council for the Arts, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Global University Alliance.  In 2013 he was appointed adjunct Professor of Art History at Savanna College of Art and Design (Hong Kong).

He established Thomson Fine Art in 2000 in order to help creative enterprises to become more business-like and business enterprises to become more creative.  As art consultant to Osage Gallery he helped grow that business from a small shop front gallery into one of Asia’s largest gallery groups with spaces in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.  As art consultant to Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific he helped establish and run the Espace Louis Vuitton gallery spaces in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei, Macau and Singapore. In 2013 he inaugurated the MGM Art Space in Macau with a contemporary exhibition built around a single masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli.

He has curated more than 50 contemporary visual art exhibitions in Hong Kong, Manila, Macau, Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Singapore.   He also writes extensively on all aspects of global contemporary art and is author of “Hong Kong: Culture and Creativity” published in 2006 by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, “Chow Yun Fat: Moving Pictures” published in 2007 by Louis Vuitton and many hundreds of published essays and reviews.  

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