|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
This framework challenges the predictability of the observer’s point of view.
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
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Artists in the Community award, 2018
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
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”
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