Christopher Thompson: Studies, Part II

7 June - 7 July 2019

Christopher Thompson, an English artist, was born in Grimsby in 1969 and studied at the Royal Academy. Since graduating he has exhibited extensively at home and abroad, his work featuring in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in London.


In these new works the artist continues to explore his signature theme of the 'urban portrait'. He paints solitary subjects in an austere architectural setting, using his technically accomplished handling of light and shade to lend drama and emotional intensity to the scene.


He deploys a classical method of representational painting, built on analytical draughtsmanship and a thorough understanding of his palette. The combination of muted, sombre colour and Caravaggioesque 'chiaroscuro' work together to evoke mood and atmosphere. His technique nods to the past and underlines a sense of continuity with the painters he admires. His ability enables him to appropriate such formats and manipulate them.