John Thompson 1924-2011

Born in Oldham and essentially self-taught, John Thompson paints groups of figures, cloth capped and anonymous, that loom, loiter, parade and parley in that obscure way that baffles children.

He is now compared to other, better known northern artists such as Theodore Major, Harold Riley and the man himself, L. S. Lowry. This recognition has taken time to develop, but in the last 7 years of his life John enjoyed enormouse commercial success.

John was born into a typical, almost clichéd, working class environment. Everyone knew everyone else and everyone was poor. His parents met after his father demobilised from First World War duties. Moving to settle in Oldham, his father became a builder, working locally for the railways; a comparatively safe and steady job in the poverty and unemployment stricken thirties. John was the only surviving male child and as such he was expected to leave school and get a job as soon as he was able. And so he did, and the next forty plus years were spent in varying kinds of employment, where his talent for painting played only a minor but nevertheless reoccurring role.

However, the inclination to be creative was always there, and through the years and many jobs, John was to be found painting or drawing, from tourist advertising posters for the local railway to canvases for room settings in furniture shops. Formal training was represented by five years of evening classes in life drawing.

John did not spend long in any of his jobs: a quick glance at the CV gives a picture of the vagaries of the furniture trade, the economy and the man's own restlessness. His fans are eternally grateful that yet another redundancy, this time at the age of fifty-six, was just one too many and John decided to become a full time artist. This new career did not start well: a nine month stay at the Corn Exchange in Central Manchester famously made only enough money to refill the calor gas heater needed to heat the room! Nevertheless, John kept going, a move to the Alexandra Centre in Uppermill was to mark the beginning of success and a build up of a faithful following. For the next few years this happy band of collectors felt they were in on a secret that the world had yet to discover.

John's output is highly eclectic, deriving ideas from many different subjects. But his central theme is that of groups; groups of working men who seem to be, well, waiting. Waiting for a job? Waiting for a handout? Or perhaps just waiting for a change in fortunes for the northern working man. The power in John's work lies in allowing the observer to add to the experience themselves: to find their own meaning in the images he creates. He has now painted several thousand of these 'Group Series paintings. Although the poverty immanent in these images has contributed to the 'northern painter' label, they speak for all working men, at all times.

John has achieved great success and critical acclaim over the last few years, his work is widely collected both at home and abroad. He has had successful one man shows in Manchester and in 2002 three of his paintings were purchased by the House of Lords in London and are now hanging in the Committee Rooms.

A book on Johns' life and work entitled JOHN THOMPSON - "Do you like 'em then" was published in March 2006 and has become a best seller. Since the book was published he has become one of the best selling artists in the country and has been the subject of features on Channel 4 and Granada TV. He has also attracted major national press publicity and had been hailed as "The New Lowry" by the Independent. In the past few years, major exhibitions of his work have been held in Manchester, London, Falmouth, Burford and Hale and paintings have sold for up to £15,000.

Sadly John died aged 87 on 16th July 2011
John Thompson

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John Thompson - American Group 5

John Thompson

American Group 5

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - American Group I

John Thompson

American Group I

Mixed Media

29 x 29 ins (73.66 x 73.66 cms)

Price: £6,000.00

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John Thompson - American Issue No I

John Thompson

American Issue No I

Mixed Media

19½ x 16 ins (49.53 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,000.00

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John Thompson - At Hastings

John Thompson

At Hastings

Watercolour

12 x 14¼ ins (30.48 x 36.20 cms)

Price: £975.00

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John Thompson - Befriended

John Thompson

Befriended

Felt Pen

7¾ x 5 ins (19.68 x 12.70 cms)

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John Thompson - Bits and Pieces II

John Thompson

Bits and Pieces II

Felt Pen

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £2,700.00

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John Thompson - Black and Blue

John Thompson

Black and Blue

Mixed Media

5.5 x 12.5 ins (13.97 x 31.75 cms)

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John Thompson - Blue and Green Nudes

John Thompson

Blue and Green Nudes

Mixed Media

20½ x 24½ ins (52.07 x 62.23 cms)

Price: £1,900.00

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John Thompson - Burnbank

John Thompson

Burnbank

Watercolour

8½ x 13 ins (21.59 x 33.02 cms)

Price: £950.00

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John Thompson - Corot Landscape

John Thompson

Corot Landscape

Oil on canvas

24 x 36 ins (60.96 x 91.44 cms)

Price: £5,000.00

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John Thompson - Cottages in the Trees

John Thompson

Cottages in the Trees

Watercolour

8½ x 8¾ ins (21.59 x 22.23 cms)

Price: £650.00

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John Thompson - Dinas Dinlle Beach

John Thompson

Dinas Dinlle Beach

Watercolour

6.75 x 9.25 ins (17.15 x 23.50 cms)

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John Thompson - Five Blue Men

John Thompson

Five Blue Men

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8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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John Thompson - Five Figures

John Thompson

Five Figures

Felt Pen

2 x 2 ins (5.08 x 5.08 cms)

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John Thompson - Floral Reds

John Thompson

Floral Reds

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16 x 12 ins (40.64 x 30.48 cms)

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John Thompson - Gibraltar Street, Salem

John Thompson

Gibraltar Street, Salem

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30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £4,500.00

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John Thompson - Girls in the Park

John Thompson

Girls in the Park

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20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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John Thompson - Green and Blue Self Portrait

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 1017

John Thompson

Group Series 1017

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40 x 30 ins (101.60 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £7,800.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 1035*

John Thompson

Group Series 1035*

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,400.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 1048

John Thompson

Group Series 1048

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,950.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 1058

John Thompson

Group Series 1058

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,800.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 1201*

John Thompson

Group Series 1201*

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £4,500.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 2250

John Thompson

Group Series 2250

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2599

John Thompson

Group Series 2599

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,200.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 2651

John Thompson

Group Series 2651

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16 x 24 ins (40.64 x 60.96 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2728A

John Thompson

Group Series 2728A

Mixed Media on Paper

16 x 24 ins (40.64 x 60.96 cms)

Price: £2,200.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 2931 - "We Meet Again"

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20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2939

John Thompson

Group Series 2939

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2941

John Thompson

Group Series 2941

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2941A

John Thompson

Group Series 2941A

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2944

John Thompson

Group Series 2944

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2946A

John Thompson

Group Series 2946A

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 2961

John Thompson

Group Series 2961

Mixed Media on Paper

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £3,200.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 2980

John Thompson

Group Series 2980

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 2984 - Arguable

Felt Pen

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 3016

John Thompson

Group Series 3016

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 3030

John Thompson

Group Series 3030

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 3044

John Thompson

Group Series 3044

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20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,250.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 3073 - Not Required

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12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 3119

John Thompson

Group Series 3119

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 3139

John Thompson

Group Series 3139

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 3146

John Thompson

Group Series 3146

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £3,800.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 3162

John Thompson

Group Series 3162

Mixed Media on Paper

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £1,950.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 338

John Thompson

Group Series 338

Mixed Media

20 x 26 ins (50.80 x 66.04 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 479

John Thompson

Group Series 479

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 539

John Thompson

Group Series 539

Mixed Media

21.5 x 25.25 ins (54.61 x 64.14 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 902

John Thompson

Group Series 902

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22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £4,200.00

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John Thompson - Group Series 984

John Thompson

Group Series 984

Mixed Media

16 x 29½ ins (40.64 x 74.93 cms)

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John Thompson - Group Series 999*

John Thompson

Group Series 999*

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20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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John Thompson - Hanna with Friends

John Thompson

Hanna with Friends

Felt Pen

4.5 x 3 ins (11.43 x 7.62 cms)

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John Thompson - He's Not for Turning

John Thompson

He's Not for Turning

Pen and Ink

5.25 x 3.5 ins (13.34 x 8.89 cms)

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John Thompson - Heavenly Bodies

John Thompson

Heavenly Bodies

Mixed Media

7½ x 15 ins (19.05 x 38.10 cms)

Price: £950.00

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John Thompson - JOHN THOMPSON "Do you like 'em then"

Book

9½ x 10½ ins (24.13 x 26.67 cms)

Price: £25.00

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John Thompson - Kricky

John Thompson

Kricky

Felt Pen

5.5 x 3.75 ins (13.97 x 9.53 cms)

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John Thompson - Man with Walking Stick

John Thompson

Man with Walking Stick

Mixed Media on Paper

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

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John Thompson - Match Stick Men

John Thompson

Match Stick Men

Felt Pen

3.5 x 5.5 ins (8.89 x 13.97 cms)

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John Thompson - Mauve Vase with Flowers

John Thompson

Mauve Vase with Flowers

Mixed Media

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £1,500.00

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John Thompson - No More Room Inside

John Thompson

No More Room Inside

Mixed Media

4 x 6 ins (10.16 x 15.24 cms)

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John Thompson - No Way

John Thompson

No Way

Mixed Media

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £2,200.00

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John Thompson - Northerners to Southerners

Felt Pen

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,000.00

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John Thompson - Odd Man Out , But Which ?

Mixed Media

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

Price: £700.00

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John Thompson - Orange Flowers in a Jug

John Thompson

Orange Flowers in a Jug

Mixed Media

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £2,200.00

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John Thompson - Oval Group

John Thompson

Oval Group

Mixed Media

8 x 4½ ins (20.32 x 11.43 cms)

Price: £550.00

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John Thompson - Painting of Manchester

John Thompson

Painting of Manchester

Mixed Media on Paper

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £4,200.00

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John Thompson - Pastel Nudes

John Thompson

Pastel Nudes

Mixed Media

30 x 22 ins (76.20 x 55.88 cms)

Price: £2,600.00

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John Thompson - Picasso Nude

John Thompson

Picasso Nude

Mixed Media

22 x 30 ins (55.88 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Queuing for Coffee and Hamburgers

Mixed Media

25.5 x 30 ins (64.77 x 76.20 cms)

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John Thompson - Rain at Llanberis

John Thompson

Rain at Llanberis

Watercolour

6¾ x 9¼ ins (17.15 x 23.50 cms)

Price: £950.00

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John Thompson - Seven Sisters from Dinas Dinlle 1976  ( Beach and Sea 2 )

Oil on Paper

6.75 x 9.25 ins (17.15 x 23.50 cms)

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John Thompson - Seven's my Lucky Number

John Thompson

Seven's my Lucky Number

Felt Pen

4.75 x 12 ins (12.07 x 30.48 cms)

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John Thompson - Shelter

John Thompson

Shelter

Mixed Media on Paper

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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John Thompson - Sozzald

John Thompson

Sozzald

Black Ink

5.25 x 5.25 ins (13.34 x 13.34 cms)

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John Thompson - That Way

John Thompson

That Way

Mixed Media

7 x 9½ ins (17.78 x 24.13 cms)

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John Thompson - The Church

John Thompson

The Church

Watercolour

12½ x 8 ins (31.75 x 20.32 cms)

Price: £795.00

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John Thompson - Towards Snowdon On The Nantlle Road 1976 (  Welsh Valley Scene )

Oil on Paper

6¾ x 9¼ ins (17.15 x 23.50 cms)

Price: £950.00

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John Thompson - Yellow Flowers

John Thompson

Yellow Flowers

Mixed Media

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £1,750.00

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