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Interview with artist Terry Thompson

podcast November 1, 2022


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Terry Thompson is a self-taught American artist, born in Chicago, Illinois. He currently lives and work in Baltimore, Maryland. He served in the Army for 9 1/2 years from 1980-1990. He also well-known veteran club dj/producer/promoter with releases on the London, UK record label Defected. During the 80’s, Thompson often decorated nightclub parties with his photo-montages and collage works. He produced numerous events over the years including massive parties during the famed Winter Music Conference in Miami. In 1990, Thompson moved to a loft space in downtown Baltimore after a successful Army career. During that period he started his art career with small shows in his loft and eventually branch out to local exhibitions while simultaneously dj’ing and working in corporate America. His art creativity began with figurative collages and paintings influenced by Romare Bearden, Picasso, Miro, Modigliani, and his long-time friend, Spanish painter Salvador Bru. Today, Thompson has his own vocabulary that is a unique blend of colors, shapes, forms, and motifs inspired by dance/dj culture, fashion, design, dreamscapes, and experimental vistas.

Thompson held Artist-in-residence from 1999-2004 at School 33 Art Center. Thompson participated in various exhibitions including: Bianco e Nero, YART Gallery Baltimore (2019), Post Cards from the Edge, Bortolami Gallery (2019) New York, ATM at the Former Robert Miller Gallery (2018) New York, Post Cards from the Edge at Gallery 524 (2018) New York, The ArtBox Project 1.0, Basel, Switzerland (2017), Post Cards from the Edge, Metro Pictures (2017) New York, Art Takes Miami at Scope (2014), Scope, Miami (2012), Sub-Basement Art Gallery (2004, 2008), Galerie Francoise (2012), Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy (1998). He holds a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.Terry Thompson is an American artist, born in Chicago. Illinois. He currently lives and work in Baltimore, Maryland.  Artist-in-residence from 1999-2004 at School 33 Art Center. Thompson participated in various exhibitions including: ATM at the Former Robert Miller Gallery (2018) New York, Post Cards from the Edge at Gallery 524 (2018) New York,  The ArtBox Project 1.0, Basel, Switzerland (2017), Post Cards from the Edge, Metro Pictures (2017) New York, Art Takes Miami at Scope (2014), Scope, Miami (2012), Sub-Basement Art Gallery (2004, 2008), Galerie Francoise (2012), Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy (1998). He holds a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. 

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