David Thompson

The Artist

Hello and welcome to my website.

Pictures, of course, should be able to speak for themselves and yet I can't resist a few words of introduction, if only out of a nagging sense that my work only, at present, manages a sort of stage whisper on its own behalf.

We live in an age whose chief characteristics are shallownesss and superficiality, and yet even our surfaces are peculiarly ugly. Some time around the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries some artists and their literary hangers-on started to cut the thread of tradition and turn their backs on the long hallowed aims of art to bring truth and beauty and comfort and sustenance into the world. They concentrated instead on ugliness, degredation,(both physical and moral) and a frenzied desire to create novelty for its own sake and to shock and disgust an increasingly sated public. For the first time in history artists deliberately and purposefully strove to destroy beauty and enthrone in its stead the ugly and the banal, with what tragic consequences can readily be seen in so many art galleries and indeed town centres (never forgetting that architecture is the mother of all the plastic arts) to this day.

Fortunately, inevitably perhaps, given the proven indomitability of the human spirit, there has been a growing movement in the last few years to pick up the broken chain of tradition and restore truth and beauty to their rightful place at the centre of artisitc practice. I am proud to place myself squarely within this movement, I know from my own personal experience, as do millions of others, that art can enrich our lives, and believe therefore that if the artist has that capability he or she is bound to pursue it. In a secular age, art can, in some respects, replace religion as a repository for human kinds' most cherished values and beliefs. It can show us what we are and what we could be as nothing else can. In that regard it is the ultimate human activity, it is if you like, what makes us closer to the angels than to the beasts. There are many artists (I am pleased to say) who have developed further and faster than I on this path and I wish all of them great glory, but all artists believe that their next work is their great masterpiece and I am no exception. I hope you can find something of value here but it is a work in progress, and I hope you will stick around and share the journey with me.

And to close, two quotes from very great artists which encapsulate my own artistic philosophy. 

"I mean by a picture a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be, in a light better than any light that ever shone, in a land no-one can define or remember, only desire"

Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833-1898

 

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp

Or whats a heaven for?"

Robert Browning 1812-1889

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