Saturday, 5 January 2013


For the last 5 months I have had the pleasure of working with Hampshire based Artist John Thomson. John phoned me back in August and asked me if I would like to assist him with his A0 and A1 prints for an exhibition at The Bedales Gallery Petersfield. I said yes, we met and 5 months later after a lot of scanning, Photoshop work and copius amounts of coffee the exhibition is almost here. It was a fantastic experience helping John to get his ideas and thoughts onto screen and then printed. The Exhibition entitled paperwoodmetaldress can be seen Monday to Friday 2 - 5 and Saturday 10 - 1 at The Bedales Gallery Petersfield from 12th January to 13th February. 
Worth a visit I say.
John Thomson is known for his richly textured and crafted sculptures made both for public
sites and exhibition. His materials are primarily steel for small works with large scale commissions fabricated from stainless steel or cast in bronze.
Based in Hampshire (born in Dunedin, New Zealand) he has exhibited sculpture internationally for over thirty years in countries as diverse as Russia, Iceland and Ireland with artists including Richard Wilson and Darrell Viner. He was included in the survey of the RCC Letterkenny Collection (Ireland) in 2003 alongside Jeff Koons.
Drawing forms an essential part of his working process, moving from rough monochrome sketches through to highly coloured complex drawings and digital prints.
His drawings were included in the exhibition Fifty Years of British Sculptors’ Drawings – Musée des Beaux Arts de Besançon, alongside Armitage, Flanagan, Frink, Gilbert & George, Long, Mach, Nash, Moore, Plackman, Sandle and Willats.
“Nostalgia and precision, seriousness and wit, watercolour and metal – John Thomson’s drawings and sculpture contain observations in a manner which excite contrasting emotions whilst instantly engaging the viewer” Jacqueline Thalmann  
Curator, Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford University


  1. John Thomson! He was one of my lecturers at Portsmouth Art College. I'll have to go and see this.

  2. A very nice chap he is. Hope to work with him again at a later date.