Christian Bumbarra Thompson (Bidjara)

Born 1978, Gawler, South Australia.

Christian Thompson is a contemporary artist. He has presented his photographs, videos and performance works in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent group exhibitions include Close Encounters, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Canada, The Beauty of Distance Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, The 17th Sydney International Biennale, Before and After Science: The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Andy and OZ: Parallel Visions, Andy Warhol Museum USA. Workin Down Under, Wood Street Galleries, USA. Brilliance, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. This Crazy Love, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Culture Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Raised by Wolves, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and Gertrude Studio Artists Show, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. He was a studio artist at Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces 2006 –2007, Melbourne. He has undertaken residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand, DasArts Advanced Studies for Performing Arts, Amsterdam and The Centre for Future Art Research at Arizona State University, Arizona, USA, Blast Theory, Brighton, UK and was awarded the Australian Council for the Arts New York, Greene Street Studio from Dec 12 - March 12, 2011. He is the inaugural recipient of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Oxford University, Oxford, The United Kingdom where he lives and works.

Thompson’s work is held in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas including:
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Peter Klein Collection, Eberdingen, Germany
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Australia
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Myer Collection, Melbourne, Australia
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton Collection
City of Melbourne Collection, Melbourne, Australia
Private Collections