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Exhibition: John Thompson: An Artist Collects From March 11, 2021 To May 9, 2021 At Childs Gallery

John Thompson: An Artist Collects

Press Release:

John Thompson: An Artist Collects explores the fascinating connection between an artist’s practice and the artwork they choose to collect. This unique exhibition showcases the private art collection of artist John Thompson alongside examples of his own work. An accomplished painter and printmaker, Thompson is also a lifelong collector. His eclectic art collection, assembled over several decades, comprises more than 1,000 works, with exceptional examples of paintings and prints from Old Master through Contemporary. An Artist Collects features Contemporary selections from Thompson’s collection, including works by Patrick Casey, Jim Dine, Walton Ford, Robert Freeman, Nicola Lopez, Ana Maria Pacheco, and John Walker, exhibited with his own creative output.

 

Thompson’s multilayered prints and paintings evoke the fleeting beauty of small moments in nature: the play of light on leafy branches, the rustle of wind through grass, the ripple of raindrops across a pond. Thompson uses multiple printmaking techniques to orchestrate his expressive prints, building and layering overlapping elements. Each monoprint is a unique work of art, a harmonious symphony of pattern, texture, color, and light. For Thompson, a love of materials and willingness to experiment are paramount.

As a collector, Thompson is particularly drawn to proofs and early states, works that provide insight into the artist’s process or technique. He appreciates the painstaking effort involved in the creation of an artwork and admires the audacity and necessity of experimentation. Thompson’s collecting habits both inform and reflect the qualities he values most in his own work: technique, process, virtuosity, experimentation, and expressiveness

Originally scheduled for exhibition in the fall of 2020, An Artist Collects was postponed due to Covid-19. Thompson notes that the ongoing pandemic has affected both his creative and collecting processes. More time in his studio has allowed him to retreat into art - both his own and that of others. Thompson’s Waltham studio doubles as storage for much of his extensive collection, and, surrounded by both his art and centuries of works by others, he is afforded a hyper focus on both what he wants to create and what he wants to collect. His artistic output has recently concentrated on woodcuts; though no stranger to the medium, Thompson felt drawn to their more assertive nature throughout the past year. He also feels collecting has become more important to him, and the extra time spent with his vast holdings of hundreds of years of paintings and prints has refined his approach to acquisitions. Thompson continues to seek out both older, historical works and those of established and emerging contemporary artists, with an eye for artistic ingenuity.

John Thompson: An Artist Collects is the first exhibition to open at Childs Gallery’s new 168 Newbury Street location. Showcasing art through the introspective lens of the artistic process itself, An Artist Collects is a fitting inaugural exhibition, and we look forward to welcoming guests. As part of our Covid-19 precautions, we are currently open to the public 11am to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and by appointment.

On exhibit until June 6th, 2021
Painting By Nancy Friese: Into The Sun Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
60×72IN.
Into the Sun II
Print By Jim Dine: Sakusa (3rd Version) At Childs GalleryQuick View
3812×2612IN.
Sakusa (3rd Version)
Painting By John Walker: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
72×60IN.
Untitled
Painting By John Walker: Storm Over Peabow At Childs GalleryQuick View
60×48IN.
Storm over Peabow
Print By John Thompson: Avebury At Childs GalleryQuick View
44×56IN.
Avebury
Print By David Row: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
26×3312IN.
$8,500
Untitled
Print By David Row: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
26×3312IN.
$8,500
Untitled
Painting By John Walker: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
1912×13IN.
$8,000
Untitled
Painting By John Walker: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×1212IN.
$8,000
Untitled
Mixed Media By Nicola Lopez: The Apparition At Childs GalleryQuick View
48×36IN.
$7,500
The Apparition
Painting By John Thompson: Effra Pond At Childs GalleryQuick View
48×36IN.
$7,500
Effra Pond
Print By Carl Fudge: They're Everywhere At Childs GalleryQuick View
33×36IN.
$5,000
They're Everywhere
Print By John Thompson: Conant At Childs GalleryQuick View
5512×30IN.
$4,800
Conant
Mixed Media By Fidencio Fifield Perez: Chasing Waterfalls Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
2612×1914IN.
$4,000
Chasing Waterfalls II
Print By Catarina Coelho: Littoral At Childs GalleryQuick View
2214×1612IN.
$2,500
Littoral
Print By Catarina Coelho: Littoral At Childs GalleryQuick View
2214×1612IN.
$2,500
Littoral
Print By John Thompson: Dix Vii At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×1834IN.
$2,400
Dix VII
Print By John Thompson: August At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×1712IN.
$2,400
August
Mixed Media By Fidencio Fifield Perez: Salmon Colored Kid At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×16IN.
$2,000
Salmon Colored Kid
Mixed Media By Fidencio Fifield Perez: Salmon Colored Kid At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×16IN.
$2,000
Salmon Colored Kid
Painting By Christina Renfer Vogel: Inside Out At Childs GalleryQuick View
2534×30IN.
$1,600
Inside Out
Painting By Christina Renfer Vogel: Trio At Childs GalleryQuick View
23×23IN.
$1,500
Trio
Print By James Ovid Mustin Iii: Untitled (bridge Set) At Childs GalleryQuick View
712×32IN.
$1,500
Untitled (Bridge Set)
Drawing By Brilliant Lines: Brilliant Lines At Childs GalleryQuick View
2312×17IN.
$1,200
Brilliant Lines
Painting By Christina Renfer Vogel: Blushing Lilies At Childs GalleryQuick View
11×8IN.
$700
Blushing Lilies
Print By Andrew Eckhardt: A Bathroom In Kennedy At Childs GalleryQuick View
2712×20IN.
$600
A Bathroom in Kennedy
Painting By Christina Renfer Vogel: Flowers From The Garden At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×512IN.
$500
Flowers from the Garden
Print By John Thompson: Langdon Vi At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon VI
Print By John Thompson: Langdon V At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon V
Print By John Thompson: Langdon Iv At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon IV
Print By John Thompson: Langdon Iii At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon III
Print By John Thompson: Langdon Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon II
Print By John Thompson: Langdon I At Childs GalleryQuick View
212×134IN.
$500
Langdon I
Print By Andrew Eckhardt: Undress Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
1434×1134IN.
$400
Undress II
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