And + Marks The Spot Where We Used To Play (1995)

Plus painting © 1996 J. Thomson all rights reserved

By 1995, I was taking some painting classes, but I was one of the few students painting in a completely abstract/non-objective manner. This painting was the second of two large plus-sign-shaped canvases I made. This one was designed to be hung either as a Plus shape, or as an X shape. I can’t seem to find an image of the first painting, which was made in response to the AIDS crisis, for World AIDS Day. But I still own both paintings, so eventually I’ll get a photo of it to post here. This was one of the paintings I made after I was awarded the Liquitex prize and I had tons of acrylic paints and mediums to play with. This painting is four feet across (wider when hung diagonally as shown). It may not be the best painting ever, but I’m still proud of what I accomplished then when everybody else was making mostly schlocky paintings of horses and crap. I have turned down many offers to purchase this painting, but if the price was right…

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