Biography

Painting in vibrant colours with the freedom of abstraction in tandem with the discipline of photorealism, Trish Taylor Thompson creates unique images that sizzle with life, energy and colour. Whether depicting the delicacy of the cherry blossom or the elusive blooms of the cannonball tree, or indeed the highly charged symbolism of the common poppy, her flower paintings radiate a world of beautifully illustrated flowers against the backdrop of free flowing abstraction. Her unique palette, formal structure and distinctive blooms make her work both instantly recognisable and utterly irresistible.

Trish Taylor Thompson’s recent exquisite works have been inspired by her experiences in exotic destinations such as Sri Lanka and Zanzibar and other colourful corners of the world including her own magnificent gardens overlooking Lough Derg in Ireland. She recently closed a chapter on her working life, that of radio presenter with RTE lyric fm, to fulfill a life long ambition to become a visual artist. Having found the faith and self-belief to take this major step, Trish is drawing on her surroundings and life experiences to harness the beauty of nature and music in her work.

In order to gain a greater understanding of the art world and to fulfil this life long ambition, she attended LSAD graduating with a Fine Art Painting BA (Hons) degree in 2013. The recipient of the Tom Fox Award that year, her first solo show, ‘45 for Valour’, marked the centenary of the First World War in 2014 in The Coach in Limerick City facilitated by Limerick Printmakers. Four years later the Limerick Museum hosted this seminal work – a memorial to the forty-five soldiers of Irish descent who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their heroism in the Great War – marking the centenary of the end of WW1 in November 2018. This work is now available to view in the offices of the Limerick Civic Trust until it becomes a permanent fixture in the Limerick Military Museum in 2020.

'45 for Valour' Oil on Linen (300cm x 220cm) copy 2
45 for Valour (300cm x 220cm) Oil on linen

While making her home in both Ireland and the UK, Trish is constantly seeking inspiration through the exploration of colours, textures and organic forms in nature, visiting botanical gardens and garden shows wherever she goes. She collects flowers and presses them over time to observe their metamorphosis that creates a ‘new beauty’. Listening to classical music as she paints, she stops only to turn over a record on her old record player. “Music stimulates and feeds my imagination”. Her career as a classical music radio presenter is inspiring a new body of work for the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival that will adorn the walls of the twelfth century St. Flannan’s Cathedral in 2019. She will be joined by Limerick artist John Shinnors who will exhibit a new body of work also. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June inclusive.