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Nicholas Thompson’s new Collingwood gallery sparks dialogue between artists young and old

Dylan Rainforth
Published: March 17, 2015 – 2:32PM

Nicholas Thompson opens a new, eponymous gallery in Langridge Street, Collingwood, this Saturday, only a stone’s throw from Australian Galleries where he was gallery manager for the past three years.

Before that he worked for John Buckley and, in his hometown of Brisbane, Philip Bacon Galleries.

“I’d been working for galleries for about a decade and it was kind of just time to do my own thing,” Thompson says.

“I’m opening with15 artists who are all terrific Australian painters, a real mix of younger and more established artists, and a good mix between Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.”

Thompson says he’s interested in creating an intergenerational dialogue between the artists, who include reputable names such as John Firth-Smith and Alun Leach-Jones (his 2010 work Coastwise Lights #6 is pictured).

“A lot of the younger artists” – Thompson mentions Rhys Lee, Craig Waddell and Arryn Snowball – “have responded to the older ones”.

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