ALEX R. M. THOMPSON

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

Education
2009-2013 – BFA, Faculty of Printmaking. OCADU Toronto, ON.

Statement

“Through the use of drawing, copperplate etching, and sculptural installations, the work of Alex R. M. Thompson posits that a degree of how personal identities are formed is filtered through experiences in immediate relationship with our surroundings.

Thompson’s work endeavours to act as a mirror, representing the ever-shifting sense of self that individuals occupy within the urban environment, itself a continuously changing notion. In creating a body of architectural self-portraiture from his own oeuvre of personal knowledge, he uses referents that substitute similar structures within the viewer’s experiences (schools, high-rises, offices,etc.). These spaces are presented as layered, translucent constructs, hanging somewhere between tangible, real-world structures and ethereal representations that house our processes of self-determination.  Thompson’s work serves to influence its immediate surroundings, floating and coalescing in the moment of viewing, before drifting back out of focus.

Thompson’s work seeks to render spaces in a minimalist fashion, using limited colour palette and transparency, which serve to create a neutral space that is open to the influence of the viewers’ memories and experiences. Through the use of detail and delicacy of line, he portrays the ingrained impact that past experience and reaction to spaces has upon consciousness.

In the selection of media,Thompson seeks to evoke the mediums of contemporary institutional architecture, referencing structures we interact with on a daily basis through his use of transparent acrylic, steel cable, mylar, and copperplate etching. Material becomes an essential element of the work, presenting a vision of the contemporary human being as entwined with the materiality of the world in which it dwells, despite the ever-increasing prevalence of digital media in our landscape. His multi-disciplinary work seeks to channel the multiple levels on which architecture functions, and employ those motifs in order to investigate how they influence his own sense of identity.”

Solo Shows

2018 – Variations on Urban Planning. George Gilmour Gallery, Open Studio, Toronto,
ON (upcoming)

2017
Abbozzo Gallery, featured artist. 401 Richmond Street, Toronto. February.

2014
Walls and Windows, The Blue Dog. 199 Brant Ave, Brantford.

 

Group Exhibitions

2018
AGH Art Sale. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON. April.
The Artist Project. Exhibition Place, Toronto. February.

2017
An Honest Farewell. Honest Ed’s, Toronto. February.
Members’ Ink. Open Studio, Toronto. May.
Timeraiser 150. The Power Plant Gallery, Toronto. May.
Piece of Mind. Quest Art School + Gallery, Midland, ON. March-May.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. July.
Nuit Blanche Toronto. 401 Richmond, Toronto. September.
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Orillia, ON. September-November.
Spectral Visions. Upstairs Gallery, Balzac’s. Toronto. October.
Monochrome. Open Studio Sales Gallery, Toronto. October-November.
Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio, Toronto. November-December.

2016
Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio, Toronto. November-December.
Works on Paper. Project Gallery, Toronto. October
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. July
These may (not) be places. Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa. June-August.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery Biennial Juried Exhibition. Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford. May-July.
Within and Without. Capital One, Toronto. April-May.
Parthenon: Interim. Centre[3], Hamilton. April-May.

2015
Art Toronto. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. October.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. September.
45th Anniversary Exhibition. Open Studio, Toronto. July-August.
Art Builds Artist. Gallery 1313, Toronto. July
Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio, Toronto. November-December.

2014
No Place. Leaside Public Library, Toronto. December.
The Artist’s Guild Collective Exhibition. J.E.H. MacDonald House, Vaughan. September
Art Spin 5th Annual Exhibition. 108 Vine Avenue, Toronto. June.

2013
Grad Ex, OCAD U graduate exhibition, Toronto. May.
Fourteen Forgeries, Gallery 1313, Toronto. April.
The Art of the Figure, OCADU, Toronto. March.
Fresh-Faced, Oz Studios, Toronto. February.

2012
War and Peace, juried exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Road, Brantford. November- January, 2013.
Down the Rabbit Hole, The Steamwhistle Brewery Gallery, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto. August.
Rock n Roll 4, Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave, Toronto. April.
OCADU Annual Retrospective, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. April.
The Art of the Figure, The Great Hall of OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. March.
Ethereal Existence, The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. January.

Educational Experience

2016-present
Class Assistant, Faculty of Printmaking, OCADU, Toronto.

2014
Instructor, dry media workshop, Curry’s Artist Materials, Toronto.

2013
Head Drama Instructor and art workshop leader, Theatre Ancaster’s Stage Two.

2012
Rosin aquatint workshop instructor, OCAD U Intermediate Print Studio. March.

2009-2012
Associate Dance Instructor and art workshop leader, Theatre Ancaster’s Stage Two.

Professional Activities

2018
Photo-etching Workshop, Open Studio, Toronto.

2017
Custom printer at Open Studio, Toronto.
Barometric. Print portfolio with Open Studio. Toronto. August.
Working Title Press. Printer for Robin Bain and Mark Bath. Toronto. July.
Piece of Mind Print Exchange. Midland. March-May.

2016
Artist in residence, Centre[3], Hamilton. March.

2014
Salon Jacques 8. Artist’s talk. Hamilton. August.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Set design. Brantford Collegiate Institute, Brantford.
Dance costume design. For Janelle Beatty of Lisa Naves Dance Company, Simcoe.

2013
Jury member, Faculty of Printmaking. The Art of the Figure. OCADU, Toronto. March.

2011-2014, 2017
OCADU Print Portfolio. Submitted a large edition to a portfolio each year listed.

Grants and Awards
2017
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

2013
OCADU Printmaking Medal.
The Bluma Appel Award
Shortlisted for the BMO 1st Art! invitational competition.

2012
Best Print in Show, Honourable Mention. The Art of the Figure, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON.
Third Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

2011
Second Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

Community Facilitation
2017-present
Membership Committee, Open Studio, Toronto.

2014-present
Volunteer, Open Studio, Toronto,

2013
First Thursday, Art Gallery of Ontario. Project facilitator. February and September.

Grants and Awards

2018 – Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects Grant

2017 – Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2013 – OCADU Printmaking Medal.
– The Bluma Appel Award.
– Shortlisted for the BMO 1st Art! invitational competition.

2012
Best Print in Show, Honourable Mention. The Art of the Figure, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON.
Third Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

2011
Second Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

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