My Experience as a Censored Artist

from "Labels: One Fag Bashes Back"If you browse around the web today, you’re likely to notice something different… blackouts and censored photos in protest of two bills circulating in Congress right now (SOPA and PIPA) that threaten the Internet as we know it. I won’t write about these issues here now (but you can click my “stop censorship” ribbon in the upper right corner for more information).

But thinking about censorship today reminds me of a time when I was a young art student, and one of my art installations was censored by the University I attended. The controversy seemed to consume the student body, and threatened my grades, my reputation, and my personal safety. This post tells the story from my point of view… that of the censored artist. Continue reading

Thinking big. Adding zeroes.

"blame" from Lorem Ipsum... © 2012 J. Thomson All rights reservedOn the (f)utility of labels in my studio practice

My studio practice differs from that of most artists I know in that I don’t simply go into my studio every day (or even every week) and just paint. And when people I’ve just met ask me what I do, the exchange typically goes like this: “I’m an artist.” “Oh really? What kind of pictures do you paint?” “Well, I do paint sometimes, but not exclusively, and when I do, it’s not usually pictures of anything, because I approach a painting as a three-dimensional object, not an illusion of space…” By this point, the person’s eyes are usually glazing over and darting around the room looking for an excuse to get away. Sometimes to save us both the embarrassment, I’ll simply say that I make abstract paintings (which isn’t really true). The typical response is “oh, that’s nice.” Or maybe, “My aunt was an abstract painter. She killed herself though.” Continue reading

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Studio Visit: Ellen Benson, Hidden Gems

 

Ellen Benson's mask-like faces to be used in future projects.

Ellen Benson’s mask-like faces to be used in future projects.

In yesterday’s post, I described my trip to see Randy Dalton’s The Blue Grotto with Steve Berg (from Nichols-Berg Gallery) and encaustic painter and art instructor Clarissa Shanahan, and mixed-media artist Ellen Benson. Before venturing out to West Philadelphia to see Dalton’s art installation, Ellen invited us to see her home and studio in West Mount Airy. This is my record of that visit. Continue reading

Four little beauties

Cape Cod Light 4x4 © 2009 J. Thomson From the Cape Cod Light series, © 2009 J. Thomson, all rights reserved. Oil on canvas, 4″ x 4″. Continue reading

My painting won a TBA!

Colorful Painted iPhone 4 Cover (TBA Winner) at The Bindery One of the products I designed as a project for the book I’m writing about Zazzle, and featured in yesterday’s post, won a Today’s Best Award from Zazzle.

The product they chose to receive the award is an iPhone 4 case, decorated with one of my original oil paintings. The same design is also available on many other products in my shops on Zazzle (The Bindery, The Shoe Cobbler, and The Art of Lavaguy.) Check them out!

This is my 13th Today’s Best Award, since I began designing for Zazzle in July 2009. My last win came on August 19, 2011.

Each day, thousands and thousands of new designs appear on Zazzle, the world’s largest Print-On-Demand retailer. And each day, Zazzle hand-picks a few of that day’s best designs (usually around 30, but it varies from day to day) and features them on a page called Today’s Best.

Kirby Vacuum: A personal mythology

Kirby vacuum drawing, © 2000 by J. Thomson. All rights reserved.

Yesterday I embarked on a new series of artwork that I’ve actually been thinking about for many years now (more than 10), based on a “personal mythology” I’ve developed. Using imagery from my past, I am creating multi-layered installations and sculpture/paintings (I love blurring the lines between the two) out of shapes cut from canvas and sewn together. Continue reading

Untitled 2011.2 (Round Impasto)

Untitled 2011.2 © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reservedUntitled 2011.2 (Round Impasto) by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

Arc 2011.3

Arc 2011.3 © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Arc 2011.3 by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading