Brian Thompson obituary


My good friend Brian Thompson, an educational and artist, noticed strolling as integral to his inventive apply.

Brian’s sculptures and drawings have been typically information and recollections of walks in a selected place and time – in Japan, within the Lake District, on the escaped slave routes of the underground railroads within the US, or across the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.

He noticed that the measured strains may develop into a linear sample for the strata-like varieties that he constructed utilizing a wide range of strategies and supplies, together with glass, wooden and lead, and which he colored accordingly.

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Brian Thompson grew to become head of sculpture at what’s now the College of Sunderland

The energy of that concept and the standard of his topographical work was recognised far and broad, profitable him Pernod and Peter Stuyvesant awards within the mid-Nineteen Seventies and a spot in exhibitions on the Hayward Gallery (1975), the British Artwork Present (1979) and the XI Biennale de Paris (1980).

He was additionally exhibited throughout the US as a part of a British Council touring present in 1981, in Moscow on the Central Home of Artists in 1992, and on the Kakimori Bunko in Itami, Japan, in 2016.

Like most artists, Brian, who has died aged 73, didn’t make a residing by his artwork, and so he supported himself by educating and lecturing work, first in faculties after which on the College of Sunderland, the place he grew to become head of artwork design and analysis earlier than his retirement in 2014.

Born in Tingley, close to Wakefield, West Yorkshire, he was the youngest of the three youngsters of Norman, a signwriter, and Hannah (nee Griffiths), a manufacturing facility wool mender. The love of the countryside and his dad and mom’ abilities working with totally different supplies have been lifelong influences.

After attending Morley grammar faculty, he graduated in 1975 with a grasp of superb arts diploma in sculpture from the College of Newcastle, the place he met Jane Chapman, a fellow artwork pupil. They married in 1977 and established their residence within the village of Dalton in North Yorkshire.

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Wordsworth Walks, by Brian Thompson in painted oak and elm, 2014

Brian started working as a part-time artwork lecturer at schools and universities throughout the north-east of England whereas following his artwork apply, till in 1980 he switched to be a part-time sculpture lecturer at Sunderland Technical Faculty (now the College of Sunderland), then full-time head of sculpture earlier than promotion to go of artwork and design. He finally rose to be affiliate dean for analysis, sources and engagement, and on his retirement in 2014 he was made professor emeritus.

Brian was additionally chair of the Newcastle Group of artists for a number of years and a founder member of the analysis group Stroll.

He’s survived by Jane, their daughters, Emily and Becky, his granddaughter Winter, and his sister, Pam.


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