Below is a list of all the artists featured at Thompson's Galleries. Their artwork ranges from detailed contemporary oil paintings to stunning chalk asbstract landscapes, from Angela A'court's soft pastel paintings and collages, influenced by her multicultural experiences with particular Eastern influences, to Michael Sanders' European inspired oil paintings and Thailand inspired watercolour and charcoal pieces. For a view of each individual artists' work, just click their name.
An artist and printmaker who works predominantly in soft pastel, whether painting, printing, collaging or paper making. Originally from London, New York has been her home for the last thirteen years. Alongside pastel work in the studio, A'Court has been paper making at Dieu Donné New York and continues to print with master printer Roni Henning in Brooklyn.
Michael Adamson is a Canadian artist and Toronto-born graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver. Adamson’s vibrant and tactile works are littered with historical art references, which combined with the artist’s humour makes every viewing of his work a different experience. He is internationally recognised and exhibits around the world, having successfully shown in London, Tokyo, New York and Canada. Adamson's work sits between conceptualism and expressionism leaving it pleasantly challenging to categorise.
Matthew Alexander has a well established reputation as a renowned and leading contemporary British landscape painter. Alexander has a focused approach to his work, "as a landscape painter my senses are stirred by the landscape I am in or travelling through. It is the light and shadow, the sun or the cloud patterns, the shimmer of light on water or the shade of a tree-lined avenue". He demonstrates a mastery of technique that easily rivals the Modern British painters such as Edward Seago and therefore places him as one of the country's finest landscape painters.
Muriel Barclay is a contemporary painter who has an interest in depicting figures within twenty-first century contexts . Barclay approaches her painting with dynamism and energetic physicality, and has a host of successful solo shows to her credit. Her paintings hang in many public and private collections worldwide including Ernie Els, Sir Arnold Clark, Lord Harris, Sultan of Brunei, Alex McLeish, Sir Jack Harvey HBOS, Biggart Baillie, and Arisaig Partners. Muriel received the Mabel MacKinlay Award and the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship from the RGI, the John Green Fine Art Award at the PAI and the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, special award.
Born in Australia, Judith Bridgland moved to Scotland in her formative years. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1984 with a Master of Arts with Honours in History of Fine Art and English Literature and was elected Artist Member of Paisley Art Institute in 1997. Bridgland has a host of successful solo shows to her name and her paintings can be found in private collections across the world.
Gerard M. Burns
Gerard M. Burns was born in Glasgow in 1961 and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983 with a degree in Fine Art. Although Burns' work presents us with images which could be described at first glance as 'representational', even 'photographic', each of the various pictorial elements also contains a deeper symbolic meaning. Whether it is wolves prowling around the legs of a small girl or a child leading a black horse through a winter wilderness, each combination is intended to provoke in us an emotional response, a sense of place, a feeling almost that we "have been here before" in essence that the whole becomes far greater than the sum of its parts.
Terence’s work is characterized by strong drawing and the use of bold colour, and is highly regarded for its composition. His landscapes and still lifes are richly worked with a subtle and expressive use of paint, with influences ranging from Matisse to the Scottish Colourists. His motifs are simple yet vivid, often filled with an intense light, influenced by his periods of work in France. His work has been placed in some important private collections in Europe and America.
Taking from the Scottish Colourist tradition, Michael G Clark produces flattened scenes of everyday life with swathes of vivid colour. Influenced heavily by his travels about Paris and the South West of France, Clark ranges in depiction, from tranquil moments in lush park greenery to bustling streetcorner café's and markets. Picking up on the small and beautiful details of daily living, Clark renders moments in time that reach far beyond a mere pretty picture. Standing strong against a colour-blocked background, the figures and objects in Clarks paintings vibrate with contrast and an energy of their own.
Tony de Wolf
Tony de Wolf follows the traditional art form of still life and endows it with something fresh. His meticulous technique and eye for detail recall the Flemish tradition - his crisp lines and smooth contours effusing the works with a modern glow. Whether it is paintings of deliciously ripe fruit and vegetables, the texture of fabric, or the reflective surfaces of glass bottles and silver, de Wolf is unparalleled in his eye for detail.
James DA Fullarton
Born in Glasgow, James Fullarton studied at the the Glasgow School of Art under Donaldson, Goudie and Shanks. Since gaining his Diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1969, he has worked full-time as a professional painter based in Ayrshire. Fullarton is regarded as one of Scotland's leading contemporary painters, uncompromising in his standard of work and always individual in both thought and practice. He is famed for his powerful style of skilled fluid brushwork, strong colour and broad palette.
Simon Garden`s talent was first acknowledged by the public during the 1998 Summer Exhibition at Beaux Arts, Bath. With seductive use of rich colour and texture, and a sense of composition that is at once classically beautiful and daring, Garden strips his landscapes and nudes down to their most elemental. Garden now shows regularly at the Royal Academy and is a young artist who has already obtained a strong national following.
Douglas Gray RSMA
Douglas Gray began his professional artistic career in the study of illustration, enjoying significant success over a 20 year period with clients including Saatchi and Saatchi, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. Douglas specialises in marine and contemporary cityscapes and in 2013 he was elected full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA). He won the prestigious Winsor & Newton "Best Oil Painting" award 2011 and Rusell & Chapple award 2012 and 2013. His skill for reflection and movement on water recently attracted a commission from the iconic Savoy Hotel in London, where his painting is now on permanent display.
David Anthony Hall
David Anthony Hall's work exudes a sense of calm and has been used by architects and designers to add a sense of soul to their buildings. Hall's work is held in private collections in fifteen countries as well Great Ormond Street Hospital and Tavistock Centre in London; London Bergamo Hospital in Italy; St. Anthony's Hospital in St.Louis, USA. To date Hall has raised or donated works in excess of £100,000 GBP for various charities including; Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Care and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Having graduated with First Class Honours in 1989, Nael Hanna was awarded The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship and studied in Florence, before returning to Dundee and the rural Angus countryside where he made his home. He has won a number of awards and exhibited in many countries including Malaysia, Egypt and the USA. He is a regular exhibitor at the RGI, RSA, SSA and SSAC annual shows, and with prominent galleries throughout the UK. His paintings are included within major Public and Private Collections worldwide.
Ken Howard was born in London. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art (1949–53) and the Royal College of Art (1955–58). In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. Howard paints in a "traditional" manner, based on strong observation and a high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision. Notable themes are the nude model in his studio and city scenes, such as Venice, with emphasis placed on the reflection of light from puddles after rain. Ken Howard paintings are in numerous private and public collections including the National Army Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Ulster Museum and Imperial War Museum.
Robert Kelsey attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1966 – 1970, studying painting under David Donaldson, James Robertson and Alexander Goudie. Kelsey`s paintings reflect his love of light, colour and the vast beaches and skies of the islands off the West Coast of Scotland, often walking in the footsteps of the famous Scottish Colourists painters such as Peploe. Collectors of his work include His Grace the Duke of Bedford, The Fleming Collection, Credit Lyonnais, Arisaig parners (Asia) Ltd, Turnberry Hotel, Enterprise Oil, Taylor Woodrow and Paisley Art Gallery and Museum.
An amazing colourist, Louis Laprise's universe consists of organic forms whose lively gestures originate in the grain of wood. It is through this kind of lyrical abstraction that figurative illusion arises, allowing the viewer to channel his own imagination and to see himself reflected in the polished, mirror-like surface of the work. Both contemporary and decidedly ornamental, Louis Laprise`s art demonstrates a mastery of the random.
John Lines' art captures humour, nostalgia, romance, the beauty of British Countryside and unusually British Urban Life. His style is very much Modern British and Lines prefers painting in oil and watercolours. As an artist his stated aim is to "Simply paint through honest eyes". Ample evidence of this approach can be seen in his paintings of British Town and Landscapes subjects. John has exhibited widely and has pictures in private and public collections throughout the world.
Working in oil, pastel and watercolour, the work of James Longueville is traditionally figurative, influenced by a long line of exponents in European Landscape painting from Boudin, Constable and the East Anglian School to Wilson Steer, Seago and others. Longueville was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1983 and the Royal Society of British Artists in 1989. He has twice won the Patterson Pastel Award at the Pastel Society & was awarded the John White Memorial Prize at Patterson's Venice in Peril Exhibition 2010.
Carl Melegari was born in North Wales of Italian parentage. His artwork draws from sculptural influences, such as Manuel Neri as well as from colourists, such as Morandi. Melegari frequently uses a monochromatic palette to generate the idea that he is playing with the reduction of form: often abstracting and delineating parts to create a more non-figurative feel.
Born in Suffolk in 1955, Tessa is the daughter of artist, Mary Newcomb and has exhibited regularly since 1977, locally, abroad and in London.
Wilf Roberts' inspiration comes from the stark and rocky landscape near his home on the Isle of Anglesey. As a youngster he liked nothing better than to wander the naturally beautiful landscape which he represents in his work. The majority of his pictures are groups of buildings in landscapes devoid of people, animals or birds and yet, like the empty chapels found all over the island, they contain invisible memories of people from the past. In his landscapes he manages to simplify without losing the essence of the scenes depicted and produces work that is strong and powerful.
Jonathan Robertson is perhaps best known for his printmaking techniques and has had shows in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh print studios and a solo exhibition at the original Print Shop in Glasgow. Born in Banff in 194,7 Robertson trained at Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited widely at home and abroad including the Artists Union Gallery Moscow, Barbican, Royal Glasgow Institute, Royal Scottish Academy and the Mall Galleries, London.
Michael Sanders' work evokes the feeling and mood of a subject, whether it is a lone figure on the windswept marshes of North Norfolk, or a bicycle resting against a crumbling sun-baked wall in the Mediterranean. Sanders paints large-scale, mixed media canvasses, which are both tactile and atmospheric. His paintings depict the seasons and the ever-changing colours of the sea, sky and light. His work uses light and colours to reflect the diverse moods of nature.
Born in London in 1961, Sawyer studied at Canterbury College of Art. After graduating in the early 1980s, he has worked continually as a fine artist, including a brief period as a scene painter. He was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists in 2004. He is primarily interested in architectural subjects and how light reveals the nature of its structure, as well as creates mood and atmosphere. His favoured subject matter encompasses everything from Mediterranean landscapes to the urban skyline of London.
Andrew Squire`s deceptively simple paintings have eclectic roots, drawing variously on the elemental space & light of Western Scotland, the inner landscape of the subconscious, and iconic images of birds and beasts. The over-riding theme of Squire`s work is an exploration of issues of ecology and sustainability, using semi-abstract but accessible images and symbols in a simple and direct way, and moving away from anthropocentrism to a geocentric perspective.
Simeon Stafford was introduced to L.S.Lowry after winning the Robert Owen School Award for Art and the Manchester News Portrait Award, who then became a friend of the family and encouraged him to study art. While Stafford’s paintings share a visual simplicity with Lowry’s iconic northern street scenes, his relocation to Cornwall gave Stafford’s work a defining, alternative mood – both liberated from the muggy northern towns whilst also painting in recognition of Lowry’s bustling crowds. In 2001 his work was included in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and in 2003 he became a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists.
Helen Tabor's paintings are very much inspired by her surroundings, in particular the rural Scottish Borders countryside, and the soft seascapes of south west Scotland. Born in Middlesex in 1960, Helen Tabor graduated with English and History at the University of York in 1981. A self-taught artist, Tabor drew her inspiration from Chagall and Picasso. Since 1986, she has successfully exhibited in numerous galleries both North and South of the border, including RSA and SAAC Royal Academy in Edinburgh.
Jo Taylor was born in Lancashire in 1969 and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University from 1988 to 1991. Although her speciality is horses, her love of animals in general results in her tendency to paint a variety of subjects, always aiming to capture their energy and spirit. Taylor works in ink, watercolour, acrylic, wax and oil, which she frequently mixes to create rich, luscious, often textural and vibrant surfaces.
Robert E. Wells
Finding inspiration in the towns and cities that he visits, Robert E.Wells seeks out unusual views of familiar landmarks and scenes – encouraging the viewer to see places from a different perspective. Wells is well known for specialising in city and landscape paintings around London and the North Yorkshire Moors. He often paints directly from the subject at all times of the year and in all weather. He has regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the NEAC.
Peter Wileman's style is bold and vigorous, both in the use of colour and handling of paint, as he explores the effect of light on his subject. Seeking atmosphere through light and colour, he works in varying degrees of abstraction. Wileman is a former President and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His paintings can be found in private collections worldwide and have been shown on television.
Born in 1968, Emma Williams trained in textile design at Huddersfield University. Between 1994 and 1998, she worked as a freelance textile designer and artist.
Sir Kyffin Williams KBE RA
Sir Kyffin Williams KBE RA, was a Welsh landscape painter who lived at Pwllfanogl, Llanfairpwll on the Island of Anglesey. Sir Kyffin enrolled at London's Slade School of Fine Art in 1941 and taught art at Highgate School, London, where he was senior art master from 1944 until 1973. In 1995, Sir Kyffin received the Glyndŵr Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales during the Machynlleth Festival. He was awarded the OBE for his services to the arts in 1982 and a KBE in 1999.
Paul Wright has spent the last decade developing a language of painting through which he seeks to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. Though Wright often works on a large, potentially imposing scale, his paintings remain approachable through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette.