Geometric Surrealism

JT Thompson
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Commissions are welcome

I trained as a painter at the Columbus College of Art and Design. My work can be found in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art (Larry DiRosario Collection), the Downtown Hilton (Columbus, OH), Northern Kentucky University, Greater Columbus Convention Center (Columbus, OH) and private collectors.

I am currently working in a style I call Geometric Surrealism. This style explores the use of multiple views of spaces and corridors, using varied light sources to create spatial depth in abstract compositions. My work is inspired by the tension between certain dualities: the conscious and subconscious, light and dark. As an abstract artist, I am philosophically interested in the subjectivity of the mind, and it’s capacity for skewing perspectives of external events or the physical world.

In this approach, the design is pared back to its basic building blocks, simplified and abstracted to produce a contemporary composition of geometric shapes and planes with graphic over-tones. This challenging framework offers the viewer a fragmented suggestion of space and perspective that seems both mechanical and architectural. Perspective is played with through overlapping layers and scale, simultaneously creating an illusion of spatial extent, and breaking it.

In breaking a painting down into compartmentalized units of color, stripped of all extraneous detail, the composition becomes open to interpretation. My paintings don’t offer a representation of reality, but an idea of it. The shifting physical spaces mirror the shifting interplay between the varied psychological perspectives of the viewer’s mind; stairways and corridors appear and disappear, a metaphor for the challenges that arise in seeking a path aligned with your higher self, a struggle sometimes shadowed by hidden aspects of the psyche that are not readily shared or easily understood.


R.A.W. Gallery, Columbus, OH, March2017
Hannah Bocal Busch Gallery, Bellaire, TX, April 2016
Triangle Gallery, Dayton, OH, June 2016
Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus,OH June 2016
Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Portland, IN, September 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, 2000
Lanning Gallery Group, 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



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



Columbus Alive, 2017, Sep 2016
Dayton City Paper, June 2016
Columbus Alive, March 2015
Now It's Dark Magazine, August 2014
Roundtable video interview "Process of Abstraction," 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 2008


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