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.
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
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Artists in the Community award, 2016
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Creative Digest "“Artist JT Thompson on the hustle", May 2018
The Woven Tale Press “Vol. VI #2 Woven Tale Press:” March 2018
Abstract Magazine Contemporary Expressions" Art Feature" Feb 2018
The Woven Tale Press “Geometric Surrealism:” December 2017
Creative Boom “Geometric Surrealism: JT Thompson's incredible labyrinth style paintings” August 2017
On Art & Aesthetics “Distorted Spaces, Misleading Lines: the Amazing Geometric Surrealism of JT Thompson” August 2017
Professional Artist Magazine “Artist Spotlight” June 2017
Niji Magazine “Meet JT Thompson” May 2017
Columbus Alive “Exhibition Preview: JT Thompson’s Into the Labyrinth at RAW Gallery” March 2017
Ragazine.cc “Artist Spotlight” September 2016
Dayton City Paper “JT Thompson’s Illusion at Triangle Gallery” June 2016
Now It’s Dark Magazine “Spotlight: Columbus Artist JT Thompson” August 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Boxheart's 'Art Inter/National' builds a strong reputation “ Jan 2008
Texting- 1st Year Fiction, 2005