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No photograph or video can fully illustrate the undulating shapes or morphing colors of Thompson’s work. A piece with curves as complex as sand dunes is iridescent like the carapace of a jewel beetle, changing from aquamarine to dark blue to maroon to black as the viewer and the light move. A pearlescent, off-white form goes blue where the light hits it and taupe in the shadows. Even the brightest colors evoke peacock feathers and bee wings. Each piece is unique, with an original color and a single word for its name: Bat. Bone. Thorn. They sell well, particularly in his German, Spanish, and Korean galleries. A constellation of pieces, like oversized beach glass, hangs on one wall of a Russian billionaire’s yacht. Thompson says he doesn’t want to make art based on theories or concepts or anything that requires a museum label to explain it. “I just want my work to exist

and stand on its own without explanation,” he says. “Like that beautiful rock out in nature.”  EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill Thompson is represented in New England by S3 Contemporary, Jamaica Plain, Mass., s3contemporary.com, and Center Street Studio, Milton, Mass., centerstreetstudio.com. His work can also be viewed at billthompson studio.com. September–October 2018 | New England Home  47

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