Describe your business?
Thompson’s Gallery was set up by mother and father in the early 1980’s. Back then they specialised in Victorian watercolours and Antique Furniture but shifted to representing contemporary works in the early 90’s when clients began to feel more confident in buying ‘alive’ artists. I believe this was largely influenced by the Young British Artists movement. We have since represented a range of artists, many Scottish painters influence by the Scottish Colourists. We champion painting and figurative sculpture as we believe in the timelessness of a good work!
How much do you enjoy art fairs?
Well that depends how well they are going! I thoroughly enjoy fairs, particularly with Dad. Together we get a little competitive but always enjoy the fun that can be have from chatting to other dealers, selling to new and old clients and never knowing quite what the day will bring.
Is this what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Yes! I have always loved the arts but mostly I enjoy the business side of the art market – its fascinating, especially now as the market in changing so rapidly.We as children regularly attending fairs, helped at openings and nothing else really compared.
Your favourite artwork is?
This changes with the wind but today there is a piece in our current show by Scottish Impressionist James Fullarton – Cattle at Hedge. I am very tempted. His application of paint is fabulous and the subject makes me smile! I have also always loved Thames from London Bridge by André Derain as well as a Mary Fedden.
The best High Street vibe is to be found in Marylebone, London or Aldeburgh, Suffolk?
Marylebone is always great, but on a summers day in Aldeburgh is probably the best vibe you can get!
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