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Specs appeal: Kelly Thompson’s geek girls

In exhibition, illustration on 1 July 2009 at 1:01 pm

Kelly Thompson, MaggieKelly Thompson, Maggie

Geek girls are hot because there’s nothing sexier than brains. For every geek girl who spent her formative years buckling down with school books before blossoming into a smart woman comes Kelly Thompson’s new suite of drawings.

They’re being exhibited from tomorrow night at Melbourne’s Gorker Gallery under the title Bookworms Never Go to Bed Alone.

Kelly Thompson, MaryKelly Thompson, Mary

They remind me of Alberto Vargas’ famous Varga Girls, with a 21st century attitude. In a digital world where the geeks reign supreme, these women are both sexy and empowered.

The works are drawn on recycled card with coloured pencils, recoloured in Photoshop and then printed as giclées.

Kelly Thompson, NancyKelly Thompson, Nancy

Besides her superb illustrations, Thompson is also a talented fashion photographer. You can see more of her work at her website, here.

Bookworms Never Go to Bed Alone is on show at the Gorker Gallery (395 Gore St, cnr Gore and Kerr Sts, Fitzroy) from 2 to 19 July.

Kelly Thompson, AnnieKelly Thompson, Annie

Image details, from top:

Kelly Thompson, Maggie 2009. Mixed media, giclée print, 61 cm x 45 cm, edition of 10.

Kelly Thompson, Mary 2009. Mixed media, giclée print, 77 cm x 60 cm, edition of 10.

Kelly Thompson, Nancy 2009. Mixed media, giclée print, 60 cm x 78 cm, edition of 10.

Kelly Thompson, Annie 2009. Mixed media, giclée print, 69 cm x 60 cm, edition of 10.


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