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Christopher Thompson | Somewhere : A Moment’s Thought


CHRISTOPER THOMPSON Somewhere : A Moment’s Thought

Christopher Thompson was born in Grimsby in 1969 and trained at The Royal Academy Schools. Thompson’s paintings originate as much from the artists own ideas and thoughts as they are drawn from glimpses of his own life and the world around him. Working from finely observed portrait studies, Thompson manipulates these ‘truths’ with imagined memories appropriated from elsewhere, weaving an enigmatic fiction that takes on a new reality on canvas. Captured in his delicate painterly technique and an often subdued palette, Thompson’s compositions portray the human drama inherent in gestures, glances and emotions. In combining his imagined sources with observational accuracy, his work traverses the divide between the real and the fictitious – one step removed from reality, yet entirely authentic. His work expresses a fascination with togetherness and individuality, with what is spoken and unspoken. Sometimes his individuals appear lonely and detached - lost in their own solipsistic thoughts. In each composition, Thompson draws the viewer into the world he has created; our dialogue with his characters is as much a part of the unfolding story as the canvas itself.

The Bridge Oil on Board, 35.5 x 25.5cm (12 x 10in), 2015


Underground Oil on Board, 40.5 x 40.5cm (16 x 16in), 2015


Doorway Oil on Board, 40.5 x 40.5cm (16 x 16in), 2015


Sleeping Figure Oil on Canvas, 91 x 122cm (36 x 48in), 2015


Seated Figure I Oil on Canvas, 91 x 122cm (36 x 48in), 2015


Beach I Oil on Board, 50.5 x 50.5cm (20 x 20in), 2015


Cafe Oil on Board, 50.5 x 50.5cm (20 x 20in), 2015


Smoker Oil on Board, 30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12in), 2015


Side Street Oil on Board, 40.5 x 40.5cm (16 x 16in), 2015


Pier Oil on Board, 40.5 x 40.5cm (16 x 16in), 2015


Red Room Oil on Board, 30.5 x 25.5cm (12 x 10in), 2015


Seated Figure II Oil on Canvas, 122 x 91cm (48 x 36in), 2015


Seated Figure III Oil on Canvas, 122 x 91cm (48 x 36in), 2015


Park Oil on Board, 50.5 x 50.5cm (20 x 20in), 2015


Beach II Oil on Board, 50.5 x 50.5cm (20 x 20in), 2015


The Painter Oil on Board, 30.5 x 25.5cm (12 x 10in), 2015


Selected Exhibitions 2014

Context Miami Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA KIAF 2014, Seoul, South Korea Art Southampton, New York USA Art Market San Francisco USA Four Figurative Painters, Albermarle Gallery, London

2013

KIAF 2013, Seoul, South Korea Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Art Southampton, New York Art Busan, Busan, South Korea Figurative Collective, Albermarle Gallery, London

2012

Aqueous, Albermarle Gallery, London Self-Portrait Show, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York In Plain Sight, Art Moorhouse, London Art Busan, Busan, South Korea Art Gwangju, Gwangju, South Korea KIAF 2012, Seoul, South Korea Doors Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea

2011

Nude, Albermarle Gallery, London British Figurative Art, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York Ruth Borchard Self-Portrrait Competition, Kings Place, London Art Gwanju, Gwanju, South Korea

2010

Four Figurative Painters, Albermarle Gallery, London KIAF 2010, Seoul, South Korea London Charity Group Exhibition, Albermarle Gallery, London New York Self Portraits, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York

2009

London Group Exhibition, Albermarle Gallery, London London Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2008

Solo Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

2007

Aqua, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Modena, Italy Winter Show, Albemarle Gallery, London Form London, Olympia, London Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

2006

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London Solo Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London Human Art, Catania Arte Fiera, Italy

2005

Nuova Figurazione Britannica, Forni Gallery, Bologna, Italy What is Realism, Albemarle Gallery, London New York British Figurative Art, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York London Garrick Milne Portrait Prize, Christies, London

2004

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London Solo Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

2003

New Year New Work, Albemarle Gallery, London Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London Garrick Milne Portrait Prize, Christies, London Art London 2003, London

2002

London Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London London BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London London Young Contemporaries, Albemarle Gallery, London The New Collection, DFN Gallery, New York

Collections

National Portrait Gallery, London


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Christopher Thompson | Somewhere : A Moment’s Thought  
Christopher Thompson | Somewhere : A Moment’s Thought  

Captured in his delicate painterly technique and an often subdued palette, Christopher Thompson’s compositions portray the human drama inher...