Kelly Thompson



All portfolio images on this site Copyright Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson’s output is beautiful and ephemeral, no? It’s hardly surprising then, that she is also one of the loveliest people to spend time with, particularly if it involves cozy cups of tea, bagels, and intelligent, inspiring conversation.

The intelligent and inspiring conversation is, however, just another feather in her already full (and probably very well thought out) fascinator. She is a photographer, illustrator, brand ambassador, confident public speaker, and art director, with a creative eye and attention to detail which ensures not only does the job get done, but the job gets done as was envisaged in that nonchalantly sexy way that made you want to work with her in the first place.

Perfect summation, that: Nonchalantly sexy. That’s Miss Kelly Thompson, the lady herself and her creative work. And I can’t think of anything more endearing than that, and neither will you if you are lucky enough to get the chance to work with her.

Words by Courtney Sanders - Editor Catalogue Magazine

BIO

Kelly Thompson is a New Zealander currently living in Melbourne city Australia. She is one of New Zealand's most internationally recognised illustrators and creative directors, and has gained a reputation as a popular public speaker, educator and fashion enthusiast. Her talents have found her working for a variety of well known clients and brands around the world, with press naming Thompson NZ's "It" girl - she is one to watch and constantly evolving

In recent years clients have placed much value on the Thompson brand which has lead to ambassadorship roles for the likes of Nintendo who chose Kelly not only for her art, but for her ability to speak publicly and reach a creative audience. This brand value has translated in to work as a creative consultant for businesses and individuals who admire Thompson's direction, taste level and ability to appeal to a broad audience on various levels. She is intelligent, multifaceted and full of ideas.

Kelly’s clients include Gary Pepper Girl, Escada Paris, Penguin Books, Covergirl, Nike, Mimco, and The Sunday Times (London). She is regularly invited as a guest speaker at events and universities, and has spoken at Fashion Palette Sydney, the Semi-Permanent conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand, along with hosting Masterclasses for Nintendo and Maybelline NY. In 2013 Kelly released her first book Darkness of Noon in collaboration with photographer Derek Henderson. During 2014 Kelly spoke on the Curvy Creative Panel as part of the Semi Permanent Sydney Conference and co-curated the Curvy book.

 

FAQ'S

Please visit JUST ASK on my blog

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

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  • Sydney National Grid Gallery, Pyjama 
  • Party
  • 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

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  • 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

 PUBLICATIONS/AWARDS

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  • What I Love About Movies (Book)
  • Pride in Print Gold Award Winner
  • Curvy Book Feature Artist
  • Pride in Print Gold Award Winner
  • 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
  • Curvy Book
  • Wooden Toy Quarterly, 
  • Handmade Edition
  • Curvy Book, feature artist
  • Curvy Book
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GUEST APPEARANCES

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  • Western Digital (WD) NAS event speaker
  • Maybelline NY Art Class Host
  • Semi Permanent Sydney Curvy Panel Speaker
  • Semi Permanent guest speaker Auckland
  • RMIT Melbourne guest Lecturer
  • Nintendo Masterclass host
  • Guest Speaker at Billy Blue College of Design
  • JASU campaign featured Stylemaker 
  • www.Jasu.com
  • Nintendo New Art Academy Ambassador.
  • Always Sometimes Anytime NZFW 
  • guest blogger
  • RMIT Melbourne guest lecturer
  • The Loop Portfolio Masterclass mentor
  • Semi Permanent guest speaker Sydney
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  • Melbourne
  • Semi Permanent guest speaker Brisbane
  • Fashion Palette guest speaker Sydney
  • UCOL guest speaker Wanganui NZ

SELECTED CLIENTS 

  • Escada Paris
  • Maybelline NYC
  • Covergirl Cosmetics
  • The London Sunday Times
  • Nintendo
  • NIKE UK
  • Penguin Books
  • Grey Melbourne
  • Grey Paris
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Geometry NYC
  • The Australian Ballet
  • Sportsgirl
  • Mimco
  • Telecom NZ
  • Global Plus Credit Cards
  • WWF
  • NZ Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Paddington Alive Festival
  • Dr Jucre Skincare Korea
  • D_Luxe Jewellery
  • NZ Opera

   MAGAZINE 

  • Little White Lies Magazine London
  • Women's Health Magazine NYC
  • Fused Magazine UK
  • Hitched Magazine AUS
  • Catalogue Magazine AUS
  • Yen Magazine AUS
  • Peppermint Magazine AUS
  • Area Magazine
  • Remix Magazine NZ
  • Pulp Magazine NZ
  • Karen Magazine NZ
  • Mindfood Magazine NZ
  • Fashion Quarterly Magazine NZ
  • Next Magazine NZ
  • NZ Home and Garden Magazine
  • VIVA NZ