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Published Illustrations & Exhibitions


1995“The Fine Art of Illustrating Insects”. Wildlife Australia Vol.32(3):20-22 & Back cover
2000“Illustrating Insects: An Australian Perspective” Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Newsletter Vol.2000 No.9:1,4-9.
2001“Retro-illustration – Colour Etching a Butterfly” Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Newsletter Vol.2001 No.9:1,3 -9.

Some Published Illustrations

1986Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Vol. 22(2),
Cover: Lachnophoroides frerei; p. 198 Aulacopris matthewsi sp.; p.300 Taudactylus pleione (This illustration accompanied the description of this unique frog from Kroombit Tops. Geoff was on the expedition during which it was collected.)
1986The Queensland naturalist Vol. 27, Nos 1-4,
Cover: Rhyssonotus laticeps (Another special find from Kroombit Tops, this rare stag beetle was collected on my first field trip with the Queensland Museum.)
1989Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Vol. 25(2), p.256, 258
Wambo puticasus (A rare species of Christmas Beetle from Lake Broadwater, near Dalby)
1989Myrmecia Vol. 25, Part 3
Cover: Idolothrips spectrum (A giant Thrips)
1991The Insects of Australia CSIRO. 2nd ed. MUP, Melbourne.
Vol. 1, p.471, fig. 30.33F. Myerslopella sp (A special leafhopper)
1991Journal of the Australian Entomological Society Vol. 30,p.333
 sp. (A weevil)
1992Systematic entomology Vol.17, No.4
Cover: Triozocera sp. (A stylops)
1993Cardale, J.C. Hymenoptera: Apoidea. In Houston, W.W.K. & Maynard, G.V. (eds) Zoological catalogue of Australia. Canberra: AGPS Vol. 10, p.236 Ctenoplectra australica (A rare native bee, the only member of the family Ctenoplectridae in Australia, at that time represented by a single specimen)
1994The Australian Entomologist Vol. 21, Part 2,
Cover: Macropanesthia rhinoceros (The largest cockroach in Australia and the heaviest in the world)
1997Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Vol.41(1):1-169 {Monteith, G.B. “Revision of the Australian Flat Bugs of the Subfamily Mezirinae (Insecta:Hemiptera:Aradidae}” Numerous illustrations and maps.
1998Invertebrate Taxonomy Vol. 12 pp.685-824. {Matthews, E.G.  
“Classification, phylogeny and biogeography of the genera of Adeliini (Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae)”}:-
            p.741. Fig. 103. Dicyrtodes arneius.
             p.760. Fig. 127. Diaspirus bellendenus
            p.764. Fig. 129. Epomidus prionodes
            p.768. Fig. 131. Apocryphodes thompsoni
            p.797. Fig. 171. Bellendenum gonyxuthum
            p.805. Fig. 174. Monteithium ascetum
            (All rare, rainforest, darkling beetles)
2000Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Vol.46(1) Wet Tropics Issue, Maps and illustrations used extensively in this volume including:-
p.181 Monteitheolus fijiensis Howden & Storey (A small Aphodiine, Scarab beetle from Fiji, with an extraordinary grooved body form and twisted hind legs)
p.213 Clidicus abbotensis O’Keefe (A relatively giant species of the normally small Scymaenid family of beetles found on isolated Mt Abbot, near Bowen and not known from anywhere else)
p.300 Tibiospina darlingtoni Sinclair (A Tessaratomid bug from the mountains of North Queensland)
p.350 Aptenocanthon jimara Storey (A dung beetle from the Northern Territory described from one specimen)
p.351 Aptenocanthon kabura Storey (A dung beetle from Mt Finnigan, near Cooktown) & Aptenocanthon spp. pygidium (fig.2)
2001Organisms, Diversity & Evolution Vol.1(1) Cover and p.18 Caxtonana CM06 (a darkling beetle from the summit of Mt Bellenden Ker, North Queensland) in: {Patrice Bouchard & David K. Yeates “Phylogenetic relationships of the Australasian Coelometopini (Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae); a quantitative cladistic analysis with a review of biology” pp.17-43.}
2003The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, Hodges, Elaine R.S., Editor, 2nd edition. Wiley, Hoboken, N.J., Fig. 2-38. Page 55. The above illustration, now Apterotheca pustulosa (Carter, 1924), set up to show use of overlay.
2003Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Vol.49(1):441-445. Matthews, E.G.”Aoupinia, a remarkable new genus of Adeliini from New Caledonia (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)”. Aoupinia pseudohelea Matthews on page 442 and cover.


1984+Several group exhibitions with Queensland Wildlife Artists
1995Group exhibition, ‘Botanical & Entomological Illustration in Queensland’, Contemporary Art & Design Gallery, Woolloongabba
1996Group Exhibition, ‘Still Life’, Schubert Galleries, Marina Mirage, Gold Coast
1999Group Exhibition, ‘Insectasite’, University of Southern Queensland, Visual Arts, Toowoomba
2001-2Several works exhibited as part of the exhibition “Backyard: It’s Alive”. Lottie’s Place, Global Arts Link, Ipswich
2002“The Beauty of Bugs”, solo exhibition at Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum and Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
2002Group Exhibition, ‘Incepta 2002 – Science Art Exhibition’, Gallery Two, Metro Arts Centre
2003Solo Exhibition, ‘Geoff Thompson – Insect Illustrations’, State Library of Queensland,
2003Group exhibition, one piece in GNSI Members’ Exhibition, Denver Museum of Arts and
Sciences, Colorado, USA


1986Drawings in Reference Centre (now Inquiry Centre) Queensland Museum, Southbank
1994Drawings of Magnetic Termite castes, Amitermes laurensis (King, Queen, Winged,
Worker, Soldier) and a red Meat Ant Iridomyrmex sp. for Kakadu Visitor Centre display, Northern Territory.
1994Drawings done with Robert Allen for the platypus house, Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria.
2003Drawings of insects and layout of Dodd case in ‘Discover Queensland’, Queensland Museum, Southbank campus, Brisbane
2003Original drawings of insects in ‘Celebrating 140 Years’ Queensland Museum, Southbank
campus, Brisbane


1996Illustration prizes awarded at First Joint Conference of the Australian and New Zealand
Entomological Societies, Christchurch N.Z.
Open Colour – First Prize
Open Black and White – Second Prize
1996Illustration prize awarded by The Entomological Society Of NSW – Second Prize
1998Australian Entomological Society Illustration Prize awarded at its 29th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference.
Black and White – First Prize