Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Thompson is a young artist hailing from Galesburg, Illinois. Born in the suburbs of Chicago, he and his family moved to Galesburg in 1999.
He graduated from Monmouth College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in art, and is currently attending Western Illinois University School of Graduate Studies. He is also a gallery host and graduate assistant at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
Thompson's inspiration comes primarily from a childhood love for cartoons. These kind of images have influenced his choice of color, pattern, and design in painting. Different colors and color combinations that appear in his work are also reminiscent of team logos in professional sports. A love of sports and competition is another aspect of Thompson's life experience that is subtly worked into his art-making process. The act of art-making is very important to him. Thompson uses his art as a way to connect with others around him. He works primarily in acrylic and creates compositions using heavily geometric forms and bold, contrasting colors. Most of Thompson's work is highly abstracted, leaving it up to the viewer to interpret the meaning of each piece. By allowing different interpretations, Thompson is able to connect with each viewer in a new way.