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JEFFREY THOMPSON

My recent work focuses on a paradoxical and whimsical combination of still lifes and narrative paintings. Using toys (and other objects of absurdity), my work can be viewed as either still lifes of toys, or as scenes from great dramatic historical fictions starring heroes and villains that happen to be playthings of my childhood.

 

The toy paintings address several issues. One is a question of identity, as in how I interpret their role as a nostalgic part of my childhood. For example, GI Joe was a potent symbol for me of acting out a masculine identity, as well as a very desirable toy. Mr. and Mrs. Potato-Head represent puzzle solving and creative, as well as a comforting reminder of domesticity. Another issue that I address in the toy paintings has to do with veracity of subject matter — because it takes close scrutiny to learn that they are in fact still lifes, and not scenes. They can be either or both.

 

In addition to this, I incorporate a juxtaposition subject matter, with the organic, such as a flower or landscape, paired with the artificial or manmade. I want to express this ambiguity or unknown of “why” these two different objects have this relationship or why they don’t. To me they represent the void within a human condition or desolation in all of us.

 

       

 

"Rose Sélavy"

24" x 18"

Charcoal pencil on paper

Available

 

   

 

" Louise"

24" x 18"

Charcoal pencil on paper

SOLD

 

       

"Alexander"

44" x 31"

oil-based color pencil

on stonehenge paper

Available

 

 

 

   

"Coco"

44" x 31"

oil-based color pencil

on stonehenge paper

Available

 

 

       

 

Untitled (George, Ringo, John, Paul)

30" x 40"

oil on canvas mounted to wood

Available

 

       

 

"Untitled"

34" x 34"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

 

   

 

"Untitled"

34" x 34"

oil on canvas mounted to wood

SOLD

       

 

"Vanities"

30" x 32"

oil on linen, mounted to wood

Available

   

 

"Untitled"

36" x 24"

oil on linen, mounted to wood

Available

 

 

       

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

   

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

       

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

 

 

   

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

 

       

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

   

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

       

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

   

 

Untitled

16" x 20"

oil on canvas, mounted to wood

SOLD

 

       

The Assassination of Captain America

28" x 18"

 

   

The Vacuum Cleaner Monster

44" x 30"

       

Helena van der Schalcke

28" x 30"

 

   

The Great Ultraman

18" x 28"

       

In Search of the Highway of Forsaken Saints

12" x 22"

 

   

The Glory of Servitude, in the Time of

Unknown Dange

24" x 36"

   

Spy vs. Spy

36" x 48"

   

McCoy Heart

36" x 36"

Available for Purchase

       

McCoy Bulldog

16" x 22"

   

              A Duality of Subject Matter

               diptych 16" x 16" each

              

       
       

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