These works really explore techniques of painting, and Thompsett complexifies the surface by combining paint types, oil and acrylic, with spray paint, onyx powder, glitter and gel, also with the use of resin.
The works are inspiring and subtle, and they range from incorporating abstract to figurative elements. Sometimes they recall Surrealism, particularly Leonora Carrington's work, in terms of figurative details mixed with abstraction indicating the subconcious, as well as Winnifred Nicholson's more abstract canvases, especially those where she paints crystals and light.
Thompsett manages to cover so much ground, through levels of seriousness to a lightness of emotion. The epic quality of some of the works is achieved through the amassing of details which create the overall effect.
Sarah Thompson 20.09.10
pictures with kind assistance, courtesy ArtSway
Dolly Thompsett, Paintings, ArtSway, p34
Dolly Thompsett, Paintings, ArtSway, p15
Interview with Dolly Thompsett, Peter Bonnell, ArtSway
Dolly Thompsett, Paintings, ArtSway, p35
Dolly Thompsett, Paintings, ArtSway, p33
Dolly Thompsett, New Paintings, ArtSway leaflet