JT Thompson

Geometric Surrealism

JT Thompson
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Abstract oil painter JT Thompson is known for his fragmented, surrealistic landscapes. Thompson plays with perspective and scale to create his dream-like, labyrinth worlds. Raised in south western Ohio, he moved to Columbus to study painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He has received Individual Artist Grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and was selected for the Ohio Arts Council’s 2017 Biennial Exhibition. His work is represented in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and Northern Kentucky University. 

I call my style Geometric Surrealism. My approach starts with architectural elements – rooms, staircases, hallways, and open interior spaces. I employ multiple views of these spaces and corridors, simplified and abstracted to produce a composition of geometric shapes and planes with graphic over-tones. By using the x-y-z axis, scale, foreshortening and the symbolic of place in time, these spaces are stretched and contorted almost to the point of becoming paradox illusions.

Varied subtle light sources serve to deepen the impression of disjointed space and helps to create the illusion of form and atmosphere. Spatial location is uncertain, forms rise and recede simultaneously, as perspective seems to oscillate.

Spaces that should be comfortably familiar instead become ambiguous and conflicting. This framework challenges the predictability of the observer’s point of view. A tension is created in trying to reconcile the spatial contradictions. These subtle, shifting, spaces operate on a kind of dream-logic. Forms rise and recede simultaneously, as perspective seems to oscillate.

This challenging framework offers the viewer a suggestion of space and perspective that seems disjointed or distorted. The shifting physical spaces mirror the shifting interplay between the varied psychological perspectives of the viewer’s mind. 


Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN, 59th Mid-States Art Exhibition, December 2018

10th West Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Group show, November 2018

Ohio Art League X Space, Columbus, OH, solo exhibition, February 2018

Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show, Columbus, OH, April 2018

Ohio Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition, Columbus, OH, November 2017
Ohio State Fair Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Professional Division, Columbus, OH July 2017
R.A.W. Gallery, Columbus, OH, March 2017
Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Portland, IN, September 2016
Triangle Gallery, Dayton, OH, June 2016
Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus, OH June 2016
Hannah Bocal Busch Gallery, Bellaire, TX, April 2016
First Commonwealth Bank, Columbus, OH, Nov 2015
TY Fine Furniture, Columbus, OH, May 2015
RAW Gallery, Columbus, OH, March 2015
Carnegie Gallery, Columbus, OH, December 2014
CS Gallery, Columbus, OH, December 2014
TY Fine Furniture, Columbus, OH, August 2014
CS Gallery, Columbus, OH, July 2014
CS Gallery, Columbus, OH, November 2013
BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, 2008
Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland, OH, 2005
ALLGO Signs, Cleveland, OH, 2005
Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland, OH, 2005
ALLGO Signs, Cleveland, OH, 2004
High Road Gallery, Columbus, OH, 2004
Carl Soloway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2004
Gallery 754, Akron, OH, 2004
ALLGO Signs, Cleveland, OH, 2002
Davenport Gallery, Columbus, OH, 2002
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH, 2002
Roberts Triangle Gallery, Dayton, OH, 2002
Hypotenuse Gallery, Dayton, OH, 2001
Lanning Gallery Group, Columbus, OH 2000
Lanning Gallery Group, Columbus, OH 1999
Doo Wack Gallery, Columbus, OH, 1998


Greater Columbus Arts Council, Artists in the Community award, 2016
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Artists in the Community award, 2014
Baltimore LED Art Billboard, 2016



Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, OH
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY


Creative Digest "Artist JT Thompson on the hustle", May 2018

The Woven Tale PressVol. VI #2 Woven Tale Press:” March 2018

Abstract Magazine Contemporary Expressions" Art Feature" Feb 2018

The Woven Tale PressGeometric Surrealism:” December 2017

Creative BoomGeometric Surrealism: JT Thompson's incredible labyrinth style paintings” August 2017

On Art & AestheticsDistorted Spaces, Misleading Lines: the Amazing Geometric Surrealism of JT Thompson” August 2017

Professional Artist MagazineArtist Spotlight” June 2017

Niji MagazineMeet JT Thompson” May 2017

Columbus AliveExhibition Preview: JT Thompson’s Into the Labyrinth at RAW Gallery” March 2017

Ragazine.ccArtist Spotlight” September 2016

Dayton City PaperJT Thompson’s Illusion at Triangle Gallery” June 2016
Columbus AliveExhibit preview: “Paint By Numbers” showcases unique and rich collaboration” March 2015
CS Gallery Artist Round Table Interview Series Jan 2015

Now It’s Dark Magazine “Spotlight: Columbus Artist JT Thompson” August 2014

Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewBoxheart's 'Art Inter/National' builds a strong reputation “ Jan 2008



Texting- 1st Year Fiction, 2005
The Art Fix Cleveland Connection, May 2005
Philadelphia Stories “Skylight: Novel Excerpt,” Fall 2004
Philadelphia Stories “Catherine Street,” Fall 2004



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