Everyone should own at least one piece of original art. It needn’t be expensive. it could be a small piece by a local artist, a limited edition photograph, a old poster or some small object.
It should be something you like and preferably a good deal of what you pay for it should benefit the artist.
On a wet November afternoon in 1996, we were wandering around a mill in Uppermill which had lots of small spaces filled with crafts, antiques and artists and came across an old chap in a room full of his own paintings. This was the artist John Thompson who was beginning to find some small recognition for his very individual work particularly of his “groups of men”. What was most engaging about him was his ability to talk. We didn’t leave for about two hours having talked about the world and his wife, painting, the art world and John’s life. We when did leave, it was with one of his works, already framed, group series number 39 which became an early Christmas present for the OH, duly dedicated and signed by John on the reverse. He didn’t talk us into it or sell it but with our long chat we had built up some form of connection that made his work somehow more relevant. He asked if I wanted to split the cost into ten payments on postdated cheques as he said he still liked the idea of receiving a wage from his job.
Last week , the OH noticed that the painting had slipped down from its mount and was hanging askew behind the glass. I took it down and began to strip off the gubbins and masking tape to reveal the actual painting to sort it out. I noted that the original framing had been carried out by Garson & Co, a strange coincidence as I later bought the actual premises that Garson had operated from. Later that day, I thought I would check out John Thompson on the Internet, to see how his progress towards the position elect of the “New Lowry” was progressing. ( I ‘ave some of ’em ‘anging int House of Lords y’know) I was saddened and surprised to learn that he had passed away on July 16th at the age of 87.
Perhaps old John paid us a visit to check on his work and left us a hint that he had dropped by. Yes, John, we still like ’em. If you would like to know more about John, follow this link.