Oil and water works by Richard Thompson

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Richard’s background comes from endless doodling at school with a modicum of formal art lessons before National Service and then a career in sales, marketing and advertising in London.

Bygone Guernsey -  Quayside

Bygone Guernsey – Quayside

Going to Art College was not an option. Art students were then regarded as riff raff, forever marching and protesting!

Careening Hard

Careening Hard

BACKGROUND:

Richard worked in London Advertising and Sales Promotion Agencies in a managerial capacity, frustratingly wishing he could switch to the creative side of the business. His career left little time to pursue what basically started as an annual holiday pastime whilst visiting his wife’s family in Guernsey. His wife Jan bought him a basic oil painting set as a way of keeping him occupied whilst she caught up with the news from all her Guernsey relatives

Saints Bay Tower, Guernsey & Point Robert, Sark

Saints Bay Tower, Guernsey & Point Robert, Sark

During this period Richard managed to sell his holiday paintings through a local gallery, enough to fund materials for the following year. Finally, in 1988 Richard and Jan moved to Guernsey where Richard continued his career with local Advertising Agency Wallace Barnaby until retiring in 2001 to settle permanently in the island.

Back Before Sunset

Back Before Sunset

EXHIBITIONS:

Soon after joining the local Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club Richard held his first joint exhibition entitled ‘Oil and Water’ at St James Gallery, shared with local watercolourist and fellow club member Tony Taylor. It resulted in encouraging reviews, sales and commissions.

Corner of Vinery

Corner of Vinery

HIS WORK NOW:

Nowadays Richard regularly enters work into the Guernsey Eisteddfod Exhibitions gaining ‘Honours’ Certificates and on two occasions winning the prestigious Sir Havilland de Sausmarez cup for ‘Excellence in Senior Art’.

He also exhibits regularly with the Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club, served three years as President… and is still an active member.

La Coupee, Sark

La Coupee, Sark

SUBJECT MATTER:

The majority of Richard’s work is mostly of local Bailiwick subjects as he has never seen any reason for globetrotting when it’s all on the doorstep. He tries to avoid the too familiar picture postcard scenes preferring to capture unusual viewpoints and subjects. He is inevitably drawn to harbour areas and boats (the older and tattier the better), but also enjoys recreating other aspects of the Guernsey landscape.

Night Steaming

Night Steaming

INSPIRATIONS:

Richard has always admired the work of traditional landscape artists such as David Curtis, Ray Balkwill, Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet and Barry Herniman. He has little time for most contemporary art or artists. He feels that their work can be generally regarded as attempts to gain attention rather than exhibit any particular skill. His own style is unashamedly traditional whilst not being wishy-washy in any way. A strong sense of colour dominates his work probably aided and abetted by the quality of light in the islands.

A tip for aspiring artists would be to study drawing and perspective before going anywhere near a paintbrush.

CONTACT:

Richard does not currently have a website, but admits he may well be dragged down this route soon, if you want to get in touch you can email him by clicking here.


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