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Terry Thompson

San Francisco, CA

"I live and work in San Francisco. Born and raised in the South Bay, I received my MFA from San Jose State University after working for several years in the Silicon Valley as an equipment engineer for various high tech companies.

For more than a decade, I have focused primarily on paintings of old neon signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball—signs that have lived. I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for unrelenting time. In these paintings, I strive to reveal the hidden beauty of these banal, rusty relics, by rendering them in oil paint.

Recently, I have also been painting various "Pop" culture food products that contain interesting typology and graphics on the packaging. Text is the common thread that runs through this work and most of my sign paintings. I find words, and typology intriguing. I've also been steadily exhibiting my photography more frequently. This parallel development to my paintings has been a natural growth since my paintings are based on my photographs. Even though my photographic work is often more abstract than my paintings, they are related because the subjects are typically derived from an urban landscape and the man-made world. Within my photographs I explore the interplay of form, color, pattern, and texture; and just as in my sign paintings, I try to find beauty in the often-overlooked."