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New York City gallery shows Grand Forks artist’s work

Kelly Thompson's "Morning of Winter" will be on display April 3 to 20 at the Dacia Gallery in New York City.1 / 2
Kelly Thompson's "Field of May" acrylic painting will be on display April 3 to 20 in New York City's Dacia Gallery.2 / 2

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A North Dakota artist is taking a big step with his first New York City exhibition next week.

Painter Kelly Thompson of Grand Forks was recently asked to submit four of his North Dakota landscape paintings to the annual group landscape exhibition at Dacia Gallery in the lower east side of New York.

Thompson is one of 10 artists from around the world showing his work in the exhibition, which opens April 3rd and runs through April 20. The other artists hail from northern Finland, South Korea, Russia, New York and California.

“There’s an interesting blend of artists with different perspectives,” Thompson said. “I guess the curator was intrigued by mine because they were unlike what they’re used to seeing as traditional landscapes.”

Thompson’s pieces emphasize North Dakota’s horizontal landscapes with acrylic paint on long narrow pieces of wood and canvas.

“I layer paint with knives and boards and brushes. Then, I’ll wear it away with abrasives or tools to reveal the underlying colors,” he said.

Thompson has shown his paintings in the North Dakota Museum of Art and Third Street Gallery in Grand Forks, as well as Bemidji, Minn., galleries and other small group shows. He said he’s been successful locally and regionally, but getting this exhibition is a big leap for him.

“It’s difficult for an artist to step off that plateau and go to that next level, and here I am taking this huge leap from (Grand Forks) to New York City, and that’s kind of the ultimate for painters,” he said.

Thompson will be heading to the opening April 3rd and said he hopes the show does well and lands him a solo exhibition in the future.

“I’m excited to have it in my resume and portfolio, to have an exhibition (in New York),” he said. “It gives me some credibility to have that endorsement.”

Jasmine Maki
Jasmine Maki is a features reporter for Accent. Her main beats are arts and entertainment and life and style. She also occasionally covers health, family and TV.
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