Published: 3 January 2018

Happy New Year! 

We're starting 2018 here at Thompson's Galleries as we mean to go on with some amazing artists, both old and new, adding to our varied and original collection.

In London, we currently have paintings by new artists Michael Restrick and Elsa Taylor who, with their unique styles compliment favourites like Carl Melegari and Paul Wright.


Michael Restrick began his training at Reading College before continuing his studies at Winchester School of Art under the critical eyes of Ian Dawson and Jim Unsworth. Whilst on an exchange program in New York he developed an understanding of conceptual art practise under the mentoring and guidance of the highly regarded Roy Nicholson.

Through a series of removed and replaced studies, Restrick's process infuses sculpture, drafting, and portraiture to build up to the finished product. By virtue of Restrick's process, each portrait encapsulates a multitude of fleeting moments, feelings and thoughts unique to each subject.

Restrick pushes beyond the physical and experiments with more expressive techniques to portray the raw personal traits of the individual, combining portrait motifs with geometric shapes. Colour is used as a tool to powerfully convey a sense of mood/tone within each painting.


Elsa Taylor lives and paints at her home in the Cotswolds. Her inspiration derives from the surrounding countryside , from her travels to the Umbrian hills and from the dramatic beauty of the far north of Scotland and the coast of Cornwall – it is these very different landscapes that form the bedrock of her work.

The construction and composition of the landscape and also of flowers has sparked her interest in abstraction and a fascination with their colours, textures and patterns. Her paintings are of the heart and mind, an emotional response to the landscape.

She has studied with Robin Child at the Lydgate Art Research Centre and his teaching continues to inform and inspire her work. His lectures and the subsequent intensive study of past masters has brought about an awareness and appreciation of art that changed the course of her painting.


As well as our mixed exhibitions at the gallery, we have an exciting schedule of exhibitions throughout 2018, the first of which are as follows:

LONDON ART FAIR: 17th January 2018 - 21st January 2018

MAX TANNAHILL: HIGH TIDE: 24th January 2018 - 10th February 2018


ROBERT KELSEY SOLO EXHIBITION: 14th March 2018 - 30th March 2018

With much more planned for 2018, we're looking forward to another great year ahead!

For more information on any of the artists or exhibitions featured, please contact enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk or call 0207 935 3595