William Thompson (b.1978 Champagne, IL) attended the New York Academy of Fine Art where he obtained his masters of fine art degree. Working primarily in oils on canvas and panels, he creates conceptual, narrative works which are appealing on both a visceral, as well as intellectual level. The figure tends to be a reoccurring subject, with much of his compositions utilizing the self portrait. Through his painting, he rips down the veil between the artist and the viewer, allowing his audience to experience those things at heart, while at the same time challenging them to look deeper within themselves. Thompson is rooted in traditional representation, while simultaneously implementing an intuitive originality to his painting. Working as an assistant to the artist Jeff Koons for seven years; instilled in him a high standard for his own work.
Emotions, relationships, and world affairs are just some issues he addresses. Many of his works are apparent in their intent of execution, whereas others are subtle and rely on more interpretation from the viewer. He states, “I am not necessarily concerned with painting something which is pretty. I am rather more interested in making something beautiful. Beauty is something which at times can be unattractive; however if it comes from somewhere honest, it can be beautiful.”
Today William Thompson lives and works in the Manhattan area, where he maintains a studio. He is a unique emerging artist, who is one to keep your eye on.