Paintings by Mark Thompson
Paintings with a muted color range that gives them a sense of melancholy and lifelessness.
My colour choices have evolved over time into quite a muted hue range. Colour in the usual sense of the word is incidental and comes as a result of the process, however each colour is chosen rather than arbitrary. An unpopulated place seems to automatically have a sense of loss about it, but I think there is an inherent melancholy present in both my paintings and photographs, since they are both concerned with memory and time passing or time gone. I have a great interest in early photography and its fugitive processes; for example, the long exposures that failed to register people walking on city streets. I see painting with the same eyes – a way to engage with or punctuate my own time as it falls away, and each work becomes a marker in my own history. The paintings are in many ways portraits of loss; a time and a space that has already gone, something seen for the last time. This sense of passing has become more apparent in my most recent architectural works. They are places that we are accustomed to seeing full of people, so their absence is felt more keenly.