Ali Thompson

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Philadelphia, PA

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Mixed Media/Painting


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Artist's Biography

Ali Thompson is a feminist artist from Philadelphia specializing in pop art that is influenced by riot grrl zines, punk flyers, tattoos and comic art. She uses vintage ads from teen, housekeeping, and cat magazines to make work that is surreal and beautiful.

Artist's Statement

I am fascinated by remix culture, taking old things and making them new again, or learning to see them in a new way.

Collage is the most physical way to engage with remixing, and that’s why I love it so much. I was looking for vintage paper materials to use in my collage work when I stumbled across these ads from the 1940s – 1960s. I became obsessed with them. How completely alien they appear to modern eyes. But I was also struck by how much things haven’t changed– how a smiling woman can be used to say almost anything.

I expanded my collage world to include surreal aspects, combining people with cats, food, and other objects, producing images of a dislocating weirdness that startle and delight viewers.

Selected Exhibitions

Hinge Art Space, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Forces, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Proclamation! Pop, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

ArtWorks ADL: Justice, Advocacy & Art, Engagement Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Body Language, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014 - 2015
Art Inspiring Art, The Sundance Channel offices, New York, NY

Clothesline Musings: Art Inspired by The Clothesline, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Artists Unite! Project Fishtown, The Hatchery, Philadelphia, PA

Bring Us Your Dead- Dia de los Muertos, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Get Lucid, Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Sub2 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Visions- Abstracts and Figures, Priya Art Gallery, Woodbury, NJ

Steel City Coffee House, Phoenixville, PA

The Walking City, Palermo, Italy

Art Meets Activism, Philadelphia, PA

Rhythm and Paint, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2013 - 2014
Cat Pause, Interview, “Friend of Marilyn”, Access Manawatu Radio, Wellington, New Zealand, September 2013, February 2014, September 2014

Barnabas Rose, Basement Magazine, vol 2, June 2013

Barnabas Rose, Basement Magazine, vol 1, February 2013

2012 - present
Co-host of Drunk Art Cast podcast

Exhibitions Curated

Co-Curator with Jen Lightfoot, The A Word Art Show (& Music Extravaganza), O.U.R. Gallery and Studios, Philadelphia, PA


Stouch, Tucker, Water-based Texturing: Techniques & Inspirations for Artists, Teachers, and Craftsmen, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.


University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
BFA, Theatrical Design

1989 - 1996
Private study with Joan Daughtery in Mobile, AL