Elizabeth Thomson

b. 1955

Elizabeth Thomson was born in Auckland and completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1988.

Thomson works primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation, exploring the visual interplay of art and science particularly the visual representation of scientific knowledge.

In 2011 Elizabeth Thomson participated in an expedition to the Kermadec Islands. The experience of this journey became the basis of a body of work exploring colour, materiality and depth of the Pacific Ocean. The subsequent exhibition, Kermadec, toured for a number of years throughout major venues in NZ, Tonga, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Santiago, Chile and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.

In 2017-18 Thomson showed her first major survey exhibition Cellular Memory at Aratoi Gallery, Wairarapa. Consisting of retrospective and current works, the exhibition was accompanied by a substantial catalogue.

Thomson's work is held in major national and international collections including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand (Wellington), Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki (Auckland), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Australian National Gallery (Canberra), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane).

See also:

Elizabeth Thomson, ‘Batocera Longhorns & Goliath’ (1996), Te Manawa Museum, Te Papa-i-oea Palmerston North

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022