Stephen Thompson, a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and Sunderland College of Art, works from a studio in Hythe, Kent. He has been painting and exhibiting for over 35 years and has work in collections in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has also been teaching fine art and art history for 30 years in secondary and adult education both in the Czech Republic and in Canterbury, Ashford and Folkestone, Kent.
In addition he does periodic demonstrations by invitation and runs workshops focusing on painting, printmaking, mixed media techniques and contextual studies.
Steve is an active member of hART, a cutting edge art collective based in Hythe and the Romney Marsh, of Folkestone Art Society and South East Open Studios.
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In his work Steve hopes to present a personal response to the world around him, recording place, light, colour and atmosphere.
He says: 'Artists usually start with a desire to create and express what they think, feel and see, which can be expensive in time, emotional input and financial reward. When the work exists in the outside world, it can be easily and quickly judged.
I have tried not to be influenced by these considerations because, in the end, I just love painting and hope to make the next one I do better than the last, but on my own terms.'