JT Thompson

Geometric Surrealism

JT Thompson
email: jtoriginals@me.com
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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 southwestern Ohio, he moved to Columbus to study painting at the Columbus
College of Art and Design. JT 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, the downtown columbus Hilton, and
Northern Kentucky University.



Geometric Surrealist: The irrational juxtaposition of shapes with contradictory conditions of dreams and reality.

I work in a style I call Geometric Surrealism, abstracting physical spaces to create a highly distorted vision of reality. My approach starts with architectural elements – the illusion of rooms, staircases, and hallways. I employ multiple viewpoints of these spaces and corridors, simplified and abstracted to produce a composition of geometric shapes and planes with graphic overtones. I am creating the illusion of depth with the X-Y-Z axis, scale, foreshortening, and place in time (the figures placed in the composition). 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. My work serves as a meditation on the 
subjectivity that informs our interpretation of experience. This focus converges with 
a more formal interest in pushing the precepts of representational painting. I aim to 
create compositions that both surprise and intrigue.

My purpose for creating this series of paintings is to depict one’s movement through life and show how our lives are not as linear as predicted. My belief is that life gives multiple choices on a daily basis; lines break off to create new lines, new angles, doors open, planes shift, and stairways appear.



Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, solo exhibition, February 2019
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 
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



Greater Columbus Arts Council, Artists in the Community award, 2018 
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



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



ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal "Artist Interview", March 2019

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" 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

Columbus Alive “Exhibit 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 Review “Boxheart's 'Art Inter/National' builds a strong reputation“ Jan 2008



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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