Terry Thompson



(American, b. 1963)



In Thompson's oil paintings of neon signage, he renders wires, rivets and other minutia because of his appreciation for how these hand-made signs are built. This may be a result of the many years he spent as an equipment engineer in Silicon Valley prior to earning his MFA at San Jose State University.



Terry is primarily drawn to older, unique signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball. Thompson says, I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for beating the odds. When I render rust, faded paint or broken neon, I'm imbuing my paintings with a sense of humanity and history. Text is prominent in most of Thompson's paintings and he often amplifies its ambiguity by aggressively cropping. This results in disjointed text and words that confront the viewer, begging to be read or deciphered.



Thompson finds his subjects while exploring the forgotten back streets of cities. This discovery process, coupled with being in the presence of these signs, is important for his method which coalesces into paintings that are geometrically, contextually, and formally interesting; paintings which reveal a hidden beauty in the mundane and banal.



Thompson's work can be found in private collections throughout the world and in the permanent collections of: The San Jose Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, The California Museum of Sacramento, The de Saisset Museum of Art of Santa Clara University, and The Fort Wayne Museum of Art.



Education




2005

MFA, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2003

BA, Studio Art (pictorial) Summa Cum Laude, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1995

BS, Industrial Technology (design & technical drawing) San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1988

AS, Electronic Technology, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA



Solo Exhibitions




2015

Dive Motels and Cheap Eats, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Rich Text, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011

Signs of Life, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Everything is Electrified, b. sakata garo, Sacramento, CA

2010

Recent Work, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009

New Paintings, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



The Streets of San Francisco, Caffe Museo, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007

Terry Thompson - New Paintings, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006

Roadside Art, The California Museum for History, Women & the Arts, Sacramento, CA (Catalog)



Recent Work, b. sakata garo, Sacramento, CA

2005

Neon Nights, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2004

New Work, Voshan Gallery, Palo Alto, CA



Recent Paintings, Voshan Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2002

Cityscapes, d.p. fong galleries, San Jose, CA



Selected Group Exhibitions




2017

Art Martket San Francisco, George Billis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – George Billis Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2015

Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – George Billis Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2014

The Cityscape Show IV,  – George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Red Dot Art Fair (George Billis Gallery), Miami, FL

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – (George Billis Gallery), Palm Springs, CA

2013

Cover to Cover: A Survey of Artist Members' Photo Books, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

artMKRT, San Francisco Contemporary Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2012

Three Artist Exhibition: SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Contemporary Realism Biennial 2012, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN (Catalog)

San Francisco Fine Art Fair (George Billis Gallery), Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Chain Reaction, Artists Consider the Bicycle, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Photographs by Terry Thompson, Stanford Art Space, 
Stanford University, CA

2011

The 4 Day Show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Fine Art Fair (George Billis Gallery), Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

16 @ 49, ModernBook Gallery, San Francisco, CA (photography)

2010

San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Contemporary American Realism, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN (Catalog)

The Seduction of Duchamp, Los Gatos Art Museum, Los Gatos, CA (Catalog)

The Seduction of Duchamp – Bay Area Artists’ Response, 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009

Los Angeles Art Show (George Billis Gallery), Los Angeles, CA

A Sense of Place, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Environments (photographs), Louie Meager Art Gallery, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA (Catalog)

2008

Contemporary American Realism: 2008 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN (Catalog)

City Light - A Cityscape Group Show, George Billis Gallery, NY, NY

Building a Team: 11th Annual Art of Baseball Exhibition, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles Art Show (George Billis Gallery), Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA

2007

Friends and Artists, b. sakata garo, Sacramento, CA

San Francisco Scenes, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Pop Realism, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Red Dot Art Fair (George Billis Gallery), New York, NY

City Life, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

The Last Picture Show, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX

ICA 26th Annual Fall Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Lift Off, SJSU MFA Graduates, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2005

New California Masters, WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA (statewide, juried)

ICA 25th Annual Fall Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Fresh Strokes, Heritage Fine Arts Collaborative, San Jose, CA

2004

ICA 24th Annual Fall Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Introductions 2004 b. sakata garo, Sacramento, CA (Catalog)

Landscapes & Cityscapes, d.p. fong Galleries, San Jose, CA



Public Collections



San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA



Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA



Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV



The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN



de Saisset Museum of Art, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA



The California Museum of History, Women and the Arts, Sacramento, CA



University of Alabama Art Museum, Tuscaloosa, AL



VISA Corp., San Francisco, CA



IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA



Metro Newspaper, San Jose, CA



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Hernandez, Jo Farb. A Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art. San Jose, Natalie & James Thompson, SJSU Art Dept. 2013. Print



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Environments - Photographs by Bay Area Art Educators, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA



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