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 work in a style I call Geometric Surrealism. I abstract physical spaces to create a highly distorted vision of reality.  My approach starts with architectural elements – rooms, staircases, hallways. 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. Playing with scale and foreshortening, these spaces are stretched and contorted almost to the point of becoming paradox illusions. Varied light sources serve to deepen the impression of disjointed space. 



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. As an artist I am interested in the subconscious workings of the psyche, and my work serves as a meditation on the subjectivity that informs our interpretation of experience. This converges with a more formal interest in pushing the precepts of representational painting. I aim to create compositions that both surprise and intrigue.


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.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

 

COLLECTIONS

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

PRESS

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

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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