Owen Thompson

Owen Thompson | Blue Mountains Watercolorist.

Artist’s statement.

In response to the way I am moved by the beauty of the natural world, I paint to evoke in the viewer the same sense of pleasure, excitement, wonder and awe that I experience whilst viewing the landscape.

The fluidity of the watercolour medium seems perfectly suited to capturing the atmospheric affects of space and distance, and is able to reproduce in microcosm many of natures structural forms and patterns.  The way it behaves, like nature itself, always retains an element of surprise, and is not easily predicted or controlled. It’s wonderful but elusive qualities present an ongoing challenge to one’s technical skills.

Working in the studio from reference photos and sketches taken whilst exploring the landscape, my source images are refined by cropping, selective editing and careful re-organisation guided by compositional principles such as the golden ratio.

The finished landscapes, whilst appearing ‘realistic’, have a mood or quality intended to distil the landscape into timeless, transcendent images. They are essentially acts of homage to convey feelings that people might recognise and respond to seeing expressed.

Owen Thompson.


1980                   Batchelor of Fine Arts Adelaide Art School

1979                    Diploma of Art    UNSW College of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2016                 ” Surf Sandstone and Snow ” Blacktown Hospital, Blacktown NSW

2015                 ” Peaceful Places ” Nepean Hospital Foyer, Penrith NSW

2015                 ” Elevation ” Everglades Garden Gallery, Leura NSW

2013                “ Wild Blue Yonder” Everglades Garden Gallery, Leura, NSW

2011                 “ The Bush, the Beach and Berry “ Historic house, Prince Alfred St , Berry NSW

2010                 “ Watercolours” Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba  NSW

2008                 “ Liquid Landscape” Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba NSW

2007                 “Drawn to Nature” Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba NSW

2004                 “ Landmarks and Backwaters” Gallery Lane, Leura, NSW

2002                 “ Waterways” Gallery Lane, Leura  NSW

2002                 “ Watersheds” Hardware Fine Art, Naremburn, Sydney

2001                 “ Closer to the Clouds” Nepean Hospital, Penrith, NSW

2000                 “ Bands of Gold, Shadows of Blue ” Gallery Lane, Leura, NSW

2000                 “ A Feast of Forms” The Centre Gallery, Glenbrook, NSW

1998                 “ Drawing the Divide” Oz Artspace, Katoomba, NSW

1996                 “ Native Nectar” Holdsworth  Galleries, Sydney

1994                 “ About the Bush” Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

1993                 “ Branches of the Blue Divide” Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

1991                 “ New Views” Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

1989                 “ Fruits of Paradise – Seeds of Survival” The North Sydney Contemporary Gallery

1988                 “ The Delight of Earthly Gardens” The Noth Sydney Contemporary Gallery

1986                 “ Pastels and Watercolours” The University of NSW

1985                 “ Coloured Waters” Hamilton Design Glass Gallery, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2014                   ” Journeys West ”                         Orange Regional Gallery, Orange NSW

2011                   ” High Horizons ”                          Warragil Studio Gallery, Blackheath NSW

2004                 “ Land out of Time”                       Penrith, Griffith, Stanthorp, QLD Regional Galleries

2001                 “ The Megalong Show”                  Gallery Lane, Leura, NSW

2000                 “ Six Watercolourists”                  The Royal Art Society of NSW

2000                 “ Modern Masters”                        North Sydney Fine Art Gallery.

1997                 “15 Artist’s”                                       Soho Gallery, Sydney

1996                 “ Spring Flowers”                            Mountain Artery Gallery, Katoomba, NSW

1995                 “ Bush Memories”                           The Brown Paper Gallery, Lawson, NSW

1993                 “ Out of the Blue”                            The Brown Paper Gallery, Lawson NSW

1990                 “ Principal’s Choice”                       Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

Selected exhibitions

2012                       Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize exhibition.

2005 –  2010         Blue Mountains Artists Assoc. Prize Exhibitions, The Edge Cinema Complex,


2000 – 2010        Royal Art Society Exhibitions. ( Elected Member 2000 )

1992 – 2013         Australian Watercolour Institute exhibitions. ( Elected member 1996 )

1998                      Sister Cities Exhibition, Sanda , Japan

1997                       Tattersall’s Club invitational Art Prize Exhibition, Queensland

1991                       KAC Teaching Artist’s Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain.

1988 _ 2013         All annual exhibitions- The Julian Ashton Art School, The Rocks, Sydney

1988 – 2002        RAS Easter Show Exhibitions ( Drawings  C 88, 2nd Prize 89,Watercolour C 89)

1988 – 1990         Drummoyne Art Prize ( Drawings HC, 88, VHC, 89, C,90 )

Public Commissions

2011       Series of four watercolours digitally enlarged into glass for windows of the new

hospital chapel, Nepean Hospital, Penrith .Total size 1.5 m x 5.5 m

2008     Acrylic wall mural 2.4 m x 6.5 m,  Cardiac re-hab unit, Nepean Hospital, Penrith

1999      Watercolours for three new birthing units, west wing, Nepean Hospital , Penrith


UNSW College of Art, Adelaide CAE, Lane Cove Council, Artbank Ltd, Nepean Hospital..


The Australian Watercolour Institute -Phillip Mathews book publishers, 2006

Land Out of Time – Oz Arts Publications, 2004

The Artist’s Palette Magazine – Annual, 1999

Australian Artist Magazine – Dec 1987 & June 1999

The Australian Watercolour Institute 1923 – 1998. – Beagle Press, 1998

Artist’s and Galleries of Australia. – Max Germaine, 1996 Macquarie Library.


Owen Thompson. Natures Table. Day Gallery