Biography

Whenever the art world is accused of diminishing the importance of technical facility as it relates to drawing, a case for the defense is usually seen in an often-surprising appearance of drawings so exquisitely crafted that they seem to have been incarnated from vapors.

 

This characteristic describes the work of Michael Thompson, a painter and draughtsman who uses open-ended narrative subjects to point back to a misty, enigmatic past and to buried emotions. He humanizes the modern aesthetic conversation about matter-of-factness by inserting allusiveness into the equation, all the more to call into question to reliability to memory, his and ours.

 

-Tom Smart

MICHAEL THOMPSON was born in 1954 in Montreal, Quebec. He studied Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1976, and a Graduate Degree in Fine Arts in 1978. He began exhibiting in 1978 and is now widely regarded as one of Canada's foremost realist painters.

 

His work has been exhibited widely in both private and public galleries in Canada and the United States, including large survey exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery and the Art Gallery of Peel.

 

Michael Thompson's work can be found in major public, corporate, and private collections throughouh North America including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Ontario; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kansas; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Museum London, Ontario; Vancouver Art Gallery; Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg; Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Gluskin Sheff and Associates and Scotiabank.

 

Michael Thompson lives and works in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and is represented exclusively by Mira Godard Gallery.

Works
  • early morning ossington avenue by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Early Morning (Ossington Avenue), 2021
    acrylic on linen
    30 x 24 in.
  • laneway morning by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Laneway Morning, 2020
    acrylic on board
    12 x 15 in.
  • rain on mount nemo by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Rain on Mount Nemo, 2013
    acrylic on linen
    40 x 60 in.
  • bistro still life by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Bistro Still Life, 2020
    pencil on paper
    8 1/4 x 18 in.
  • caitlin reclining II by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Caitlin Reclining II, 2020
    pencil on paper
    14 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.
  • flower on a cafe table by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Flower on a Café Table, 2020
    pencil on paper
    9 x 7 in.
  • queen street cafe by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Queen Street Café, 2020
    pencil on paper
    20 x 13 in.
  • study of a girl in sunlight by michael thompson
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Study of a Girl in Sunlight, 2020
    pencil on paper
    20 x 14 in.
  • MICHAEL THOMPSON, Bistro Cat, 2019
    MICHAEL THOMPSON
    Bistro Cat, 2019
    pencil on paper
    22 1/2 x 15 in.
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