John Thompson

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About the Artist

The essence of John Thompson’s work began from observation of the marshes and ponds and meandering tidal creeks that surround the wild serenity of the islands in the Charleston lowcountry. John chooses to create contemporary landscapes on rice paper, which he has personally handpicked from Asia, to express this timeless art of silkscreens. Sometimes the most simple of occurrences - the pattern of leaves in a stream, rain drops on a pond, moss that drapes from oak trees making a canopy over the water - all can lead to a series of silkscreens. Variations and constant change in the color, pattern, texture, and light become opportunities for observing the fleeting beauty of the ordinary and the accidental, the common and the sacred. John Thompson’s observation and invention on the borrowed landscape renews and replenishes and continues to magically transform through surprising changes in light.