Binbag, Pavement Tree, Chainlink Fence

Dandelions poking through a chainlink fence; brambles sprouting from an unknown corner; a binbag gashed open, spewing out its contents; scattered leaves; a dead fly.

Mimei Thompson paints the everyday and the overlooked. She imbues commonplace subject matter with a sense of strangeness. She works fast, with transclucent oil paint on very smooth, white, non-absorbent ground. The results are luminous studies in the character of a plant, object, or dead insect. They swirl with life and beauty and the energy of their own making.


Pavement Tree small

Binbag, Binbag Closeup

Dead Fly (Blue)

Pavement Leaves, Hanging Basket Phenotype

Corner, Brambles


Mimei Thompson – Flies in My Eyes is at at Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow from 19th June.

Part of The Learned Pig’s Clean Unclean editorial season, March-May 2015.

Image credits (top to bottom):
Chainlink Fence, oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2013
Pavement Tree, oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2013
Binbag, oil on canvas, 40x50cm, 2014
Binbag Closeup, oil on canvas, 40x50cm, 2014
Dead Fly (Blue), oil on canvas, 30x40cm, 2015
Hangin Basket Phenotype, oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2015
Pavement Leaves, oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2015
Corner, Brambles, oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2015

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Mimei Thompson

Mimei Thompson is an artist living in London. She studied at Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, and the Royal College of Art. She was included in Jerwood Contemporary Painters, and has works in the Arts Council Collection. Recent solo shows have been at Trade, Nottingham and Art First Projects, London. She was born in Japan, to a Chilean mother and American father, and grew up in Sudan before moving to the UK.