Bob Thompson, ‘Nude with Yellow Figure’, 1963, ACA Galleries

About Bob Thompson

In his short career, Bob Thompson defied the midcentury American predilection for abstraction by channeling the political tumult and energy of the early 1960s into figurative paintings. Thompson started his mature body of work in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1958, making post-expressionist, symbolic paintings. Upon moving to New York shortly thereafter, he began reinterpreting European paintings from the Renaissance through the early 20th-century into parables of contemporary American life, touching on climate issues and the history of race relations. He achieved quick success with these Fauvist-style paintings, which feature bold juxtapositions of hot and cool colors to symbolize forces of good and evil, a quality echoed in his allegorical, occasionally mythological subject matter.

American, 1937-1966, Louisville, Kentucky

Group Shows

2016
Jason McCoy Gallery, 
New York,
2015
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
2014
New York, NY, United States,
RISING UP/UPRISING: Twentieth Century African American Art
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2007
New York, NY, United States,
Body Beware: 18 American Artists
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art
2004
New York, NY, United States,
Embracing the Muse: Africa and African American Art
2003
New York, NY, United States,
African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, X
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
1993
New York, NY, United States,
African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks
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