Terry Thompson
Sky Ranch

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About

In Thompson's oil paintings of neon signage, he renders wires, rivets and other minutia because of his appreciation for how these hand-made signs are built. This may be a result of the many years he spent as an equipment engineer in Silicon Valley prior to earning his MFA at San Jose State University.

Terry is primarily drawn to older, unique signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball. Thompson says, I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for beating the odds. When I render rust, faded paint or broken neon, I'm imbuing my paintings with a sense of humanity and history. Text is prominent in most of Thompson's paintings and he often amplifies its ambiguity by aggressively cropping. This results in disjointed text and words that confront the viewer, begging to be read or deciphered.

Thompson finds his subjects while exploring the forgotten back streets of cities. This discovery process, coupled with being in the presence of these signs, is important for his method which coalesces into paintings that are geometrically, contextually, and formally interesting; paintings which reveal a hidden beauty in the mundane and banal.

Thompson's work can be found in private collections throughout the world and in the permanent collections of: The San Jose Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, The California Museum of Sacramento, The de Saisset Museum of Art of Santa Clara University, and The Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Notes: Vintage, Old, Signs, Text, Typography, Hotel, Motel
Color: Blue, Red, Yellow, White

Details

    Dimensions
    40 in. H x 60 in. W
  • Dealer Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU18321194373
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2015

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Located in New York, NY

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