William Thompson, dramatic figure painting


My work is an attempt to document, in a very honest way, feelings or
emotions that are experienced from a life devoted to solitude and
introspection. The use of self-imagery in many of my pieces helps to
further reinforce this idea. The closely cropped format serves to
eliminate all areas surrounding the figure, giving greater attention and
emphasis to a particular gaze or body gesture which expresses these
emotions most clearly. Individuals who are chosen for portraits are
selected on the basis of specific personality characteristics that they
posses, which I either admire greatly, find very beautiful, identify with
in some way, or look for within myself. In this way they can be looked at
as self portraits. It is also an attempt to break down defensive walls
that most people carry with them in order to protect themselves from
being hurt. I try to move past this barrier, if only for a moment, and find
something very honest and sometimes vulnerable in the sitter, where
composure is lost and true feelings are able to surface.


The newest series, entitled Cycles, is an attempt to step outside of
this state of isolation into that of interpersonal relationships. It mainly
deals with how idealized preconceptions about relationships, and
patterns of behavior (formed from a life devoted to solitude) may effect
the ability to fully connect with another person.
William Thompson

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