Mimei Thompson, Rhododendron Screen, 2013, oil on canvas, 101x200cm
The form of Thompson’s folding painting, Rhododendron Screen, echoes the wall panels of the Tudor Linenfold Parlour. The subject, a mauve rhododendron tree, was one of the first species to be introduced into cultivation in Britain by Conrad Loddiges. He brought it to England in the early 1760s while working as a gardener for Dr Silvester of Hackney, prior to setting up his own seed and nursery business near Sutton House.
Thompson also has a smaller screen entitled Weeds in the Linenfold Parlour and a photograph in the gallery.
Thompson lives and works in London. She has MA Painting, Royal College of Art, 2005. She was selected for Jerwood Contemporary Painters in 2010, and her work was recently bought for the Arts Council Collection. Solo exhibitions include Lunar Asparagus, Art First Projects, London, 2013 and group exhibitions include Masque, Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium, 2013; The Dream Machine, Sluice Art Fair, London 2013 and His Monkey Wife, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow, 2013.