“My primary drive as an artist is to try to make sense of my place in the world. Through the caprices and inconsistencies of memory, I hope to access a kind of collective memory of place. I do not seek to illustrate a particular place in point of fact but rather develop and ultimately ‘make‘ a version of the world seen through the isolated lens of personal experience. The paintings are works of memory. This acts as a filter through which to retain only that which becomes important. The inevitable mix of my own history and experience fills in the gaps. The final image is therefore a remnant, the world distilled.”
“The creative heroes that have influenced me over the years are varied and disparate, but the direct references come mostly from the fields of painting and photography. I have long been drawn to the collodion landscape photographs of Sally Mann, and the patient, time revealing images of Thomas Joshua Cooper and Hiroshi Sugimoto. The process of making is so apparent in the dedicated craft of each photographer, yet the work gently transcends process and picks away at how we decode memories of place. My love of and belief in the practice of painting compel a broad interest in its history. My own work draws from the luminous surfaces of Vermeer to the destructive physicality of Nicola Samori and Adrian Ghenie, from the compositional bravery of Vincent Desiderio to the expansiveness of Anselm Kiefer. For me it is impossible to talk about landscape painting without reference to Corot and the Barbizon School, whose search for light in amongst the three dimensionality of things engaged with both an unflinching reality, and a direct feel for the stuff of paint.”
Mark Thompson is a British artist living and working in Newfoundland, Canada. After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, London he was the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Gilchrist-Fisher in 2002 and Villiers David Awards in 2004. In 2019 Thompson was awarded a Pouch Cove residency which he describes as an experience that changed the course of his life. Since that time Mark has made NL his home.
The work of Mark Thompson can be found in corporate and public collections such as the Microsoft Art Collection, the DB Schenker Collection of Sweden, the Beldam Collection of Brunel University, the Government Art Collection of Great Britain, and in many private collections worldwide.