John Thompson Artist
John Thompson was born into the economically depressed Oldham in 1924. He was the only surviving son past infancy, and at the age of 14 left school to start contributing to the family survival. He worked in a variety of jobs for the next forty years, whilst continuing to indulge his passion for painting and could often be seen with paper and pencil in hand , he even designed local railway advertising posters.
After spending five years as an adult at art evening classes, studying life drawing, John was faced with redundancy at the age of fifty six so he decided it was time he did what he truly wanted to do, and become a full time artist.
John Thompson achieved great success, and no more so than in the last ten years or so of his life. He had numerous successful solo exhibitions, ranging from Manchester, Falmouth and London, with his work being purchased by the House of Lords and now hanging in the Committee Rooms. His work is seen firmly within the Northern School, including Alan Lowndes, Theodore Major and even L S Lowry.
John sadly died aged 87 on 16th July 2011.