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  • Ink and beetroot juice on paper 190 X 152 cm, 2015
    Horseshoe crabs really have blue blood
  • Acrylic on wood 25 X 2 X 20 cm, 2013
    I Had Just Seen a Fairy When I Fell in the Pond
  • Acrylic on wood 25 X 2 X 20 cm, 2015
    Fraser Island
  • Acrylic on wood 25 X 2 X 20 cm 2013
    Under the Pink Flamingo

About Me

Libbet Loughnan works in oil or acrylic on board and depicts animals, portraits and stories. Her imagery captures, in rich colours and dark shadows, a childhood rich in family warmth under the Australian sun, and stories encountered across countries in adult life. The pieces explore connectedness and threatened ways of life that should be consciously cherished; striving to convey stories that have shaped her world, but which have not been recorded sufficiently or at all. Having trained at Robert Drummond’s Geelong Fine Art School, Loughnan worked with state galleries in Oaxaca to run an art programme among street children. While living in Beijing for 5 years, Loughnan attended life drawing classes and taught a series of art classes for impoverished children on the China-Burma border. Loughnan now works as an advisor on water to the World Bank, and pursues art at least four days a week. Libbet has been inspired by artists Frida Kahlo, Brett Whitely, John Olsen, Françoise Gilot, Robert Drummond, Hunt Slonem, Brenda Napaltjarri, Robert Ingpen, her family, and by scuba diving and exploring. Loughnan is also interested in collecting art and dead little (cleaned) sea creatures, to have some inspiration while she paints in New York or the seaside outside Geelong. Loughnan has exhibited in Berlin, Civitella d'Agliano, Geelong, Mexico DF, Melbourne, New York, Oaxaca, Point Lonsdale and Toronto.
Awards/other: • July 2015: First Prize in Art Lab Award 2015, Academic Council of the Academia Luciana and fully hosted & supplied Artist Residency in Civitella, Italy • March 2015: Awarded Prize at the National Arts Club Exhibiting Members Exhibit, National Arts Club, New York, USA • March 2015: Starry Night Artists’ Residency, New Mexico, USA • 2015 - ongoing: Young Members Committee, National Arts Club, New York, USA • 2013: Exhibiting member of ASLNYC, New York, USA • 2011 – ongoing: Exhibiting member of the National Arts Club, New York, USA • 2011 – ongoing: Roundtable Committee, National Arts Club, New York, USA • 2007 – 2009 Taught children’s art classes on China – Burma border, China 2003: Ran an children’s art curriculum in a Oaxaca streetchildren’s center, including arranging private gallery tours for the children, Oaxaca, Mexico Upcoming/recent exhibitions: • February 2016: Wintergarden gallery, Geelong, Australia • October 2015: Eagle’s Nest Gallery, Angelsea, Australia • October 2015: Obracodobra, Oaxaca, Mexico • September 2015: Affordable Art Fair NYC with Gallerie Bruno Massa, New York, USA • July 2015: Museum of Civitella d'Agliano, Alto Lazio, Italy • July 2015: Shibatacho Gallery, Osaka, Japan • July 2015: Osaka Art Fair with Gallerie Bruno Massa, Osaka, Japan • May 2015: National Arts Club, New York, USA • May 2015: New York Select Fair, New York, USA • May 2015: Etch Gallery, Geelong, Australia • April 2015: Love Art Fair with Galleria Bruno Massa, Toronto, Canada • April 2015: Gordon Art Gallery, Geelong, Australia • March 2015: National Arts Club, New York, USA • January – February 2015: Cate De Mi Corazon, Mexico City, Mexico, January 2015: Tussock Gallery, Point Lonsdale, Australia


Libbet Loughnan

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81 Goggin Rd,Vic,VIC,3332
  • Mixed media on paper
    Bite me
  • Mixed media on paper
    Floral POP 8
  • Mixed media on paper
  • Linoprint
    Deco Fan Fair

About Me

Samantha says, "I didn’t choose art as a profession, life chose it for me.” Thompson is a prolific visual artist working from her studio on a property in regional Victoria which she shares with a partner obsessed with old English cars, numerous chooks, and her three young boys. To know Samantha and the life she has experienced in her 37 years is to understand her work and its meaning to her and to those who fall in love with it.

As the youngest in a close family of four girls and a boy, she was born in Sydney to immigrant parents from California but grew up in Melbourne and spent her formative adolescence years in the lush Dandenong Ranges which greatly influenced her and her passion for art. Her creative influences come from her mother’s talented patchwork quilt making which gave her a love for colour and the colour-matching skills that are a strong part of her work. While working in her father’s Bridal shop reinforced her strong sense of the feminine and gave her strong female role models. “My art is contemporary in style and features a strong feminine theme that says that women can be smart and beautiful at the same time expressed in vibrant colours and big splashes of playfulness” The fragility of life and the pain and permanence of death has been impressed upon her consciousness from an early age.

Tragic personal experiences have made her wistfully reflective of the past, extremely optimistic for the future and very present in the now. “Life is to be feasted upon… taking big bites and savouring each one to the max” This is why her art exudes a passion for life, love, sensuality and movement all expressed through bold colours and an unashamedly sensual “joie de vivre” From a life in the fast lane of the fashion industry in New York, London, New Zealand and Melbourne she opted out, moved to the country and a slower pace that does allow her to stop and smell the roses, hug her three boys every day, bake awesome cupcakes for them and take risks that fill her life with the things she wants to do instead of those others think she should do.

Besides riding motor bikes, driving a sports car, training in Judo and Maui Thai while finishing a degree in Myotherapy, creating art is what most satisfies her and best fills her time and makes her heart sing. In fact, Samantha sings and talks while she works! Sound is an integral part of her creative process and she finds that her creativity is inspired by the radio, a poem that moves her or a phrase she has overheard which gives rise to images which she explores through a tactile relationship between her and the pieces she gives form to. Many of her compositions display a playful exploration of the anatomical female form and the dynamic relationship of bodies that are always in subtle motion to conjure highly evocative and erotic expressions of femininity. Her art is highly sought and valued by private and institutional collectors. Samantha is currently preparing for her next major exhibition

I love my job, each piece i make is years of feeling, seeing, experimenting life. After 18 years in the arts industry, its hard to get bored. My art is a document of my life and how i choice to share it with the world.


Samantha Thompson

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