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In Focus | Özlem Sorlu Thompson

In Focus Özlem Sorlu Thompson @ozlemsorluthompson

In Belsize Park, Özlem paints in the house where Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson both worked, just before the Second World War. Originally from Istanbul, Özlem loved to paint from an early age and was deeply influenced by the variety and depth of artistic creativity throughout the cultures of the Mediterranean region, from the ancient monuments of Ephesus to the colourful traditional woven handicrafts from the East of Turkey.

Moving to London in 2015 she began to refine her artistic style, while her background in Biology, Botany and passion for science provided a broad conceptual palette.  Always curious about and inspired by nature, Özlem focused on the joy of works featuring natural scenes and imaginary worlds.  She creates an idea, mixing it with her feelings and daily experience of life in which she is constantly exploring her love of classic cinema and literature, resulting in works with boundless vitality and joy.

Since 2018 Özlem has taken part in various exhibitions around the world, in New York, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK among many others and also appearing in print and online.  Her publication include in Capsules Book, ‘Leaders in Contemporary Art’, (Australia), The Art Folio Annual Art Book ‘World’s Most Exciting Artists’ (USA), House and Garden Magazine, and the ‘Covart’ Project in the Copelouzos Family Art Museum (Greece), 365artplus Magazine (Japan).

Recently German art historian&critic Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich wrote an article including her work in Art KunstMagazin. Her awards include ‘Best in Show’ in Texas, ‘Honourable Mention’ award in Tokyo and Precious magazine ‘Top Ten’ awards in Hong Kong.

In 2022 she participated as one of seven artists selected to create giant fibreglass eggs to celebrate the late Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Silver Jubilee by Elephant Family, a wildlife charity run by the Royal Family.

Özlem is constantly creating and sending her work to global collectors. Collectors include Anita Dobson&Brian May, Maria Friedman, Andy Nyman.

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2023 Times Square Digital Showcase, HMVC ‘Vibrant Visions’, New York City

2023 Solo Exhibition, Hampstead School of Art, London

2023 Boomer Art Prize 20 Finalists Group Exhibition, Boomer Gallery, London

2023 HMVC Gallery New York, Vibrant Visions Online Group Show

2023 Secret Postcard Auction by Combat Stress, Bankside Gallery, London

2023 ‘Arts To Hearts’ Project, Emerging Woman Artist Award Virtual Exhibition

2023 Swiss Art Expo, Switzerland

2022 ‘Eggs of an Era’ by Elephant Family, 7 artists public show for The Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London

2022 Secret Postcard Auction by Combat Stress, Bankside Gallery, London

2022 Art on a Postcard, The Bomb Factory, London

2022 ‘To Me, To You’, The Artist’s Workspace Gallery, London

2022 London Coffee Festival, Coffee Art Project

2022 Virtual Artists Summer Art Festival, London

2021 Into the Cosmere, group show, London

2021 Swiss Art Expo, Switzerland

2021 Secret Postcard Auction by Combat Stress, Bonhams Auction House

2021 Keats House Museum, Hampstead Summer Art Fair, London

2021 Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Covart Project, Greece

2021 Virtual Artists Summer Art Festival, London

2020 Boomer Gallery, London; ‘Colour Boom’ Group Show

2020 Online Solo Show by Artists’ Circle Gallery, Texas, USA

2020 Madrid, ‘Summer Tracks’, Spain

2020 Frikifish Barcelona, ‘The Confinement Chronical’, Spain

2020 Talented Art Fair, London

2020 Florence Contemporary Gallery ‘Far But Close’ Group Show, Italy

2019 ‘The Night Collectors’, Group Exhibition, Bateman Street, London

2019 Red Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, London

2019 Creates Gallery, Emerging Artists Prize Group Exhibition, Wales

2018 Group Exhibition, Van Der Plas Gallery, Manhattan, NYC, ‘Call of Walls’

2018 Group Exhibition, Vagabond London, ‘Prints and Patterns’

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