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Kelly Thompson
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Kelly Thompson was born in New Zealand and now resides in Melbourne. Kelly Thompson has a Bachelor of Design (hons) with a photographic major, and has gained a reputation as a popular public speaker. Kelly creates original artworks using a combination of hand drawn line and Photoshop colouring, her work is delicate and feminine, at times sensual, and her colouring is bold with energetic clashes.

Kelly works on a wide range of commercial commissions, and has had particular success working with fashion and beauty brands internationally. Her work has been published in What I Love About Movies, Curvy (5 times) - Paper Tiger Media, The Purple Book - Lawrence King Press, Darkness of Noon - Pearce Press, Hand Made Illustration - Monsa Publications, Trendy Fashion Illustrators - Monsa Publications, This is Fashion Illustration - Monsa Publications, The beautiful - Gestalten Books, Wooden Toy Quarterly Handmade Edition. Kelly Thompson was an ambassador for the Nintendo 3DSXL, has been a guest speaker at the Semi Permanent conference five times, and has been invited as a guest speaker at over ten creative events & charity events.

Previous clients include Maybelline NYC, Nintendo, M.A.C Cosmetics, Escada Paris, Penguin Books, Covergirl Cosmetics, Bloomberg Pursuits, The London Sunday Times, Women’s Health Magazine US, Nabla Cosmetics Italy, The Australian Ballet, NZ Opera, Dr Jucre Korea, Good Food and Wine Festival, Frank Body, Libra, Lavazza Coffee & Gary Pepper Girl, Jetstar Airlines, WWF, Sunglass Hut.

Guest Appearances:
2017 - Curvy Creative Conference - host and moderator - Gold Coast
2017 - Foundry guest presenter - Tasmania
2017 - Spark Lab host - Semi Permanent - Auckland
2017 - Curvy Creative Women's Conference Vivid Sydney - host and guest speaker - Sydney
2017 - The Design Conference - guest speaker - Brisbane
2016 - Look Hear conference guest speaker - Newcastle
2016 - Seafarers Club guest speaker - Auckland
2016 - Windsor Workshop host - Melbourne
2015 - Spark Lab Speaker Auckland
2015 - OXFAM Design for Change guest speaker Sydney
2015 - Young and Lost guest speaker Melbourne
2014 - 2 day guest speaker The Design Assembly Auckland
2014 - Curvy Panel Speaker at Semi Permanent Sydney
2014 - Supergraph Conference and Exhibition guest speaker
2013 - Semi Permanent guest speaker Auckland
2013 - RMIT Melbourne guest Lecturer
2013 - Nintendo Masterclass host
2012 - Guest Speaker at Billy Blue College of Design
2012 - JASU campaign featured Stylemaker www.Jasu.com
2012 - Nintendo New Art Academy Ambassador.
2012 - Always Sometimes Anytime NZFW guest blogger
2012 - RMIT Melbourne guest lecturer
2011 - The Loop Portfolio Masterclass mentor
2011 - Semi Permanent guest speaker Sydney
2011 - Semi Permanent guest speaker Melbourne
2011 - Semi Permanent guest speaker Brisbane
2010 - Fashion Palette guest speaker Sydney
2010 - UCOL guest speaker Wanganui NZ

Solo exhibitions:
Sydney National Grid Gallery, Pyjama 
Superette Auckland, Chick Habit
Gorker Gallery Melbourne, Bookworms 
Never Go to Bed Alone
Pixel Ink Gallery NZ, Recent Works
Good as Gold Wellington, Women of my Dreams

Group exhibitions:
Les Petit Fours
Friends of Leon Gallery Sydney
Curvy Exhibition - Semi Permanent Sydney
Darkness of Noon The Department Store Auckland
Darkness of Noon Edmund Pearce Gallery
Wellington Curvy Book launch exhibition
Auckland The Northern Club,  
Kathryn Wilson Art of Shoes
Sydney National Grid Gallery, 22
Auckland Amnesty International, 
Article 19
Melbourne Gorker Gallery, Forty Thieves
Auckland Ruby, Paint your Heart Out
Auckland Tattooed Heart Gallery, 
Love Hurts 
Brisbane Frankie, Handdrawn
Melbourne Per Square Metre Gallery,     
A Tale of Two Kellys, (with Kelly Smith)
Gorger Gallery Melbourne, Wooden Toy
Sydney Curvy Exhibition
NZ Fashion Week Gallery
Manky Chops Gallery Wellington

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