Andy Thompson lives and paints in East Devon, in the South West of England. His work in acrylics and mixed media is inspired by his surroundings where he sees abstract subjects all around him.
As well as painting, I am a published poet, a writer of Haiku, a type of short form poetry originally from Japan, and a photographer, but underlying it all is the word; ‘abstract’. My children say I see the world in a different way. I do! I see things within the beauty of the mundane and I write, and I photograph and I paint them.
With 4 children; I have only recently found the time and space in my life to put onto canvas the many paintings I had been carrying around in my head. My influences range from Kandinsky to Mondrian. From the contents of my head to my eldest son, Oliver. Oliver is an art teacher and I inherited his ‘art studio’, the shed at the end of our garden when he left home.
If I were to win the lottery, I wouldn’t need to travel the world to paint as I have a world of paintings in my head! Obviously, the money would be nice!
What is your background?
My background is mixed and varied and personally I feel, somewhat unique!
I have been exposed to creativity all my life. My parents were both teachers, my house contains some of their pottery and artworks.
I lived in Paris in my early 20's working as an au pair. I spent my free time wandering the streets of Paris, soaking it all in, Paris filled me with inspiration! I'm a very keen photographer and always see abstract forms and combinations.
I am a published poet and during the 8 years of being a house husband I still managed to write poetry, frequenting open mic sessions and local poetry groups.
During these years I always knew I wanted to paint. My eldest son took to painting in school and ended up doing a degree in fine art in Falmouth. He's now an art teacher.
The signs were there! I just needed my son to leave home so as I could express myself in my own way and not have him teach me!
I've always loved the abstract form. I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum some years ago and this made me think. I see the world in a different way. I notice things others don't, I deconstruct things and twist what I see.
This desire, skill, handicap, call it what you will has fed my poetry and now feeds my art.
What inspires you?
What I paint is how I see things. The triangles, the lines, the deconstruction, the chaos, it's all in my head and so comes out onto my canvasses.
What is your favourite subject matter and why?
I don't really have any. My favourite subject is the painting(s) I'm currently painting!
Who are your biggest influences?
I love the abstract work of Kandinsky, and the bare simplicity of Mondrian. Are they major influences of mine, maybe?
How have you stayed inspired and energized during the pandemic?
I started painting during lockdown, not because of lockdown. Until I physically can't paint anymore, until I can't find something to excite me to want to paint, until my back bedroom is so rammed full of my art that I can't fit any more work in there or until the world has run out of paint...
I will be inspired and I will paint!