Collection: Alex R.M. Thompson

Alex R.M. Thompson's print and installation-based practice is rooted in the communicative potential of architecture. His monochromatic etchings channel a collage sensibility to portray hybrid sites that interrogate how power, socio-economic priorities, and systemic values are embedded within space. Throughout his work, he focuses on questions around identity formation and how populations simultaneously are shaped by their environments and impact others' understandings of those places. Through nearly familiar landmarks, he encourages dialogue exploring our reciprocal relationship towards place.

Thompson holds a BFA from OCAD University (Toronto), and an MFA from University of Alberta (Edmonton). He has taught printmaking and drawing at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Art & Design, and is an active member and instructor at the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP). He has participated in residencies at Centre[3] (Hamilton, ON), The Banff Centre (Banff, AB), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON), and the Akademia Sztuki Pięknych (Łódź, Poland). Notable exhibitions include Berlin (Galleri Heike Arndt), Venice (Cities of the Future: Living Together), and Toronto (Nuit Blanche, The Power Plant Gallery, Open Studio). Thompson was the principal organiser of Bituminous Partings, an ecologically-motivated print exchange/portfolio featuring artists from across Canada and the U.S. (2021). He has been awarded a number of grants in support of his ongoing creative research.

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