The Performer - 20th Century American Painter (March 16, 1931 - October 9, 2014)
This contemporary oil painting on panel, is a portrait of a performer almost Francis Bacon like in style. Focusing in on the blues, and oranges, the graphite drawing sets boundaries between the face and the warmth of the yellow background. Clearly, the hand of a master showcases a piece which leaves you deeply intrigued. This is one of the last few pieces of the Performer Series, on the open market, in the William Thomson Family Estate. Artwork includes a brown, handmade frame by the artist.
Signature: Yes Lower Right Corner
Thomson, an outstanding, contemporary artist, was quite the prolific painter; his work marked by a unique hand as the master of many mediums. He had much to say, as he observed the human spirit; unleashed power, an unseen energy, pulsates throughout every landscape, figurative piece and abstract.
Thomson’s work is oftentimes haunting and is complemented by warm, rich earth tones executed onto “canvas” with visible, sure brushwork. In his body of work, all styles are explored including: mixed media, acrylic, encaustic, egg tempera, oil and watercolor. Every piece showcases multilayers of color, light, movement, drama and balance. What is left for the eye to feast upon is a style and stroke, clearly that of a master, leaving us deeply intrigued, regardless of subject or mood. Simply magnificent, “He is truly one of the best American painters alive,” noted Art Collector Magazine (2006). “What makes him so, is the surety of his skill and style, something only decades of working one’s craft can achieve, especially for those with natural skill,” says Steve Bowersock, artist and curator of the Bowersock Galleries. “Bill was a friend, a great inspiration, and his images will remain, forever, as an observation of life’s stage.”
William Thomson plied his trade for more than a half century and is exhibited in the Britain Museum of American Art (featured in “The Great American Watercolor Exhibition”), Holyoke Museum of Art and History, Mattatuck Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Berkshire Museum, Slater Museum collections (amongst others) and in the homes of discerning collectors.