We hold a varied number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the year in both gallery locations, and are committed to selecting new works of the highest quality to exhibit exclusively at Thompson's Galleries. read more In addition to what's on show, our stock rooms contain an impressive range of artworks which our staff are always glad to guide and comment through. Whether a certain motif, artist, or style is preferred, we are confident and capable to match a client with their preferences. Receive exclusive catalogues and e-updates by joining our client mailing list today; send contact details to us via enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

Emma Williams: A Sense of Place

EMMA WILLIAMS: A SENSE OF PLACE
23 July 2022 - 7 August 2022

Aldeburgh

'A Sense of Place'

This body of work celebrates her love of the three locations Aldeburgh, St Ives and the South France all which hold and emotional connection and provide ample inspiration for her work.

Aldeburgh is a painters dream with its immense skies dwarfing the sugared almond coloured houses that line the pebble beach. The look out towers proudly stand sentinel and the boats lay catawampus along the shore enhancing its picturesque charm.

"St Ives has been a constant source of inspiration, influencing my particular approach to interiors and landscapes, which detail the pretty colours and shapes of life on the West Coast.

The South of France looking out over the rooftops with views to the Mediterranean will never disappoint. Colourful houses adorned with bright shutters create a picture perfect view that never fails to inspire me. The heady aroma of Jasmin and the sight of lush lemon trees on my way to the market to buy flowers and fruit makes me excited at the prospect of arranging my next still life.

I have always been slightly obsessed by pottery and jugs I have been painting them since I did my art foundation course many years ago. I love the personality that  they give a painting and the memory’s that certain ceramics can evoke in the viewer. I’ve often painted a treasured vase containing favourite flowers on request."

Ceramic pots are little jewels that create a story within a painting.

One to Watch: Stephanie Campos

ONE TO WATCH: STEPHANIE CAMPOS
20 July 2022 - 6 August 2022

London

Thompson's Gallery London introduces Stephanie Campos, in its newest edition of the 'One to Watch' programme. Get lost in the world of Campos, a prodigious painting talent who captured the attention of Dame Phyllida Barlow in the RA Young Artist of the Year Awards, 2020.

Preceded by an exclusive Nobu London Portman Square partnership project, during which Campos will 'live action paint' in The White Box space to complete canvases for the Seymour Place Gallery's 'One to Watch' solo show.

Register interest or request information - enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

Peter Wileman PPROI RSMA FRSA: The Memory Remains

PETER WILEMAN PPROI RSMA FRSA: THE MEMORY REMAINS
2 July 2022 - 17 July 2022

Aldeburgh

The body of work titled 'The Memory Remains' reflects looking back fondly over the last couple of years and putting down on canvas both in line and colour almost as a diary, recollections of my favourite venues that bring back wonderful memories.

For me, painting is as much a part of the day as eating and sleeping - in fact, it’s more important than that, more like breathing!'

From an early morning walk kicking off the day to the last frenzied flourish of brushes before throwing in the towel for the day I am totally absorbed in my work, any distraction frowned upon!

My painting is impulsive, hovering on the edge of romantic tradition, with moments of semi abstraction weaving their presence into my work. Coupled with an exaggerated burst of energetic light I try to purvey a sense of re-birth, something I try to show in all my work.

Painting is like playing chess, don’t sit back and give up because you find yourself in ‘check’. Sit back, take stock and gather your thoughts before working out your next move.

Be prepared and open to changing your original ideas of where you want your painting to go in other words, follow your instincts.

To sum up, I am drawn to the light like a moth to the flame, and although I have tried to express myself through my work over the years in many forms and styles, my path has led me inexorably, like many before, to try and grasp that elusive quality of light, the passing of a day, the birth of a new one, the struggle for ‘perfection’.

- Peter Wileman

On Paper

ON PAPER
25 June 2022 - 17 July 2022

Harpenden

A mixed exhibition featuring contemporary artists united by the use of paper forming the basis of their works.

Typically the starting point and medium for many artists, paper can be a way to not only generate ideas, but become the work itself; a versatile, humble material with many possibilities.

This focussed show presents different perspectives and subject matter - animals, still life, depictions of landscapes and curious figures, made up of hundreds of meticulously hand cut paper forms - much more than meets the eye, combining traditional and experimental approaches such as drawing and collage.

Register interest or request information - harpenden@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

Cornish Perspectives: Contemporary Art from the Peninsula

CORNISH PERSPECTIVES: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE PENINSULA
8 June 2022 - 2 July 2022

London

A new group exhibition makes its way to London, celebrating the brilliance of Cornwall's robust creative community. New paintings & sculpture unveiled by names known and new to Thompson's London. From 8 June - 2 July 2022, at 3 Seymour Place.

Register interest or request information - enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

40th Annual Exhibition 2022

40TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2022
4 June 2022 - 26 June 2022

Aldeburgh

The largest of the galleries' exhibitions, the Annual Exhibition features Modern British and contemporary artists, some new, some regulars, some returning faces and some we just can't not include!

Feature: Olivia Wileman

FEATURE: OLIVIA WILEMAN
21 May 2022 - 4 June 2022

Harpenden

Thompson's Gallery is thrilled to debut the works of abstract painter Olivia Wileman. This feature exhibition is a celebration of an emerging artist whose talent is raw and focused.

This debut is a personal celebration to Thompson's Gallery as Olivia is the daughter of renowned British artist, Peter Wileman PPROI RSMA FRSA.

Register interest or request information - harpenden@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

Ben Lowe & Gus Farnes: Subtleties of Bronze and Brush

BEN LOWE & GUS FARNES: SUBTLETIES OF BRONZE AND BRUSH
4 May 2022 - 21 May 2022

London

A dual exhibition merging the worlds of painter Ben Lowe & Gus Farnes. Debuting new, unseen artworks by both artists - emotive, ethereal paintings by Ben Lowe & stalwart, complex bronze figures by Gus Farnes. Open 4-21 May 2022 at Thompson's Gallery London.

Register interest or request information - enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

London Art Fair 2022

LONDON ART FAIR 2022
20 April 2022 - 24 April 2022

London

Thompson's Gallery is delighted to return to Islington's Business & Design Centre for the in-person 2022 London Art Fair.

Exhibiting all-new paintings and sculpture on Stand G23 between 20 - 24 April 2022.

Please contact the gallery for more information.

The Pastel Society

THE PASTEL SOCIETY
16 April 2022 - 8 May 2022

Aldeburgh

The Pastel Society UK is a registered charity and is recognised for promoting and encouraging the use of pastels within the contemporary art world. Founded in London in 1898 it started with 77 members and among founding members, past members and exhibitors are such names as Sickert, Whistler, Degas, Rodin, Dame Laura Knight, Dame Paula Rego, Tom Phillips and Gillian Ayres. The exhibition will showcase works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal and reflects that the diverse nature of the dry medium is limitless. The elected Members of The Pastel Society chosen to be part of this wonderful exhibition all share a passion for working in dry media and we feel working in pastel promotes a particularly aesthetic approach.

Caledonian: The Scottish Exhibition

CALEDONIAN: THE SCOTTISH EXHIBITION
26 March 2022 - 17 April 2022

Harpenden

Since the early 90s, Thompson's Gallery has always had strong ties with the country north of our English border, and we believe there is no better time for a revival of Thompson's historically popular 'The Scottish Exhibition' which we are excited to share with our clients to celebrate the opening of our newest gallery in Harpenden and as our first official, curated show. Once a staple in Thompson's Gallery's annual calendar, the Scottish Exhibition is a chance to showcase the very best in Scottish artistic talent.

This exhibition will be exhibiting a wide range of artworks and artists. It will be spotlighting our core list of Scottish artists which has come to exist over the past four decades, plus an array of talents new to us, curated as a statement on the consistent strength of Scottish art.

This exhibition boasts an eclectic mix of subject matter from depictions of coastal scenes, portraits and whimsical wonderlands.

Register interest or request information - enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk

Josef Herman OBE RA (1911-2000)

JOSEF HERMAN OBE RA (1911-2000)
19 March 2022 - 3 April 2022

Aldeburgh

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh are excited to announce an exhibition of works by the Polish Jewish artist Josef Herman. The entire collection of watercolours, ink washes, pencil drawings and lithographs have been in a private collection which has been accumulated over many years and is now being sold through Thompson’s Gallery. Josef Herman’s work often depicted workers as its subject and was inherently political and living and painting as he was in the heart of the South Wales mining community, he soon embraced and produced work with subjects that so many could relate to; miners at the coal face, farm folk, harvesters, mothers and their children, simple landscapes and even nudes and still lifes.

There are examples of all of these subjects in this collection and represent the simplicity which Herman communicated of the working classes. We are showing samples of the iconic miners as well as the sketch of the women of Greenham Common which show Herman’s commitment to painting politically evocative subjects.

Brita GranstrÖm: Inscape

BRITA GRANSTRÖM: INSCAPE
9 March 2022 - 26 March 2022

London

The newest solo exhibition by Swedish painter Brita Granström, on view at Thompson's Gallery London from 9 - 26 March 2022. Prepare to be dazzled and swept away in Granström's unique stylistic renderings of seascapes & domestic narrative scenes, in addition to positively charming still life.

Contemporary South Africa

CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA
26 February 2022 - 20 March 2022

Harpenden

Following the success of this exhibition in our London Gallery, Thompson’s is excited to travel this show to our Harpenden audience, including several new works arriving from South Africa.

Contemporary South Africa

CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA
26 January 2022 - 12 February 2022

London

For over a decade, Thompson’s Gallery has formed personal bonds with South Africa. Whilst there, we have been captivated by the breadth of creative talent, which we are now thrilled to present to the UK in our first exhibition of carefully selected South African artists.

‘Contemporary South Africa’ explores a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter by some of the most inspiring contemporary artists living and working in South Africa today: Gail Catlin, Ruan Huisamen, Arend Louw, Thembalethu Manqunyana, Leon Müller, Hennie Niemann Jr., Jaco Roux, Anton Smit, René Snyman, and Louis Jansen van Vuuren.

Some are celebrated internationally, others are emerging figures, yet all artists are united by their creativity and shared nationhood. From bushland renderings to stylised portraits, challenging narrative scenes to large-scale bronzes, each artist’s work is a world unto its own. Explore viewpoints and stories anew in the extraordinary selection of painting and sculpture presented in ‘Contemporary South Africa’ at Thompson’s Gallery London.

5% of the gallery profits of the exhibition will be donated to Ubuntu Pathways.
“Ubuntu Pathways is an extraordinary and deserving non-profit organization that provides an integrated support system of health, education, and social supporting the township of Gqeberha, South Africa (previously known as Port Elizabeth). I was first introduced to the work of the organisation through a great friend, and I could not think of a better time to bring awareness to the organisation.” Megan Thompson

For more information on the great work of Ubuntu Pathways visit: www.ubuntupathways.org

Please contact the gallery for more information.