Christopher Thompson, an English artist, was born in Grimsby in 1969 and studied at The Royal Academy. Since graduating he has exhibited extensively at home and abroad, his work featuring in many private collections and, most notably, in The National Portrait Gallery in London.
Painting primarily from life and studio portrait studies, Christopher Thompson blends real figures with imagined memories. Favoring a subdued color palette and a hazy, painterly technique, Thompson takes the tradition of historical portraiture and filters it through a gritty, emotion-driven lens. The gestures, posture, and glances of his isolated, seemingly lonely figures suggest internal dramas. Pulling heavily from the legacy of British figure painting, Thompson elevates and immortalizes otherwise insignificant moments and scenes. For the artist, medium and subject matter are equally important and effective in conveying meaning and emotion, fostering a dialogue between the viewer and the character.