About Tommy

For the last several decades the advances in polymer science have had a dynamic effect on art material. The advent of current acrylic paint and especially the acrylic mediums have opened many new avenues for individual expression.

 

I have always been fascinated by the intensity of colors and the representation of light and shadow in my work. Now, the new acrylic mediums have allowed me to introduce another dimension to the paintings – texture and relief surface work.

My Story

 

Tommy Thompson has been painting  since 1965. He has taught numerous classes and workshops in the greater Columbia metropolitan area since 1989.

 

For the past 10 years, in addition to his watercolor landscapes, he has been concentrating on large, contemporary  artwork  on board and canvas.

 

Both his watercolor and acrylic paintings are included in private, corporate and South Carolina State Government collections.

 

His most recent one-person shows were at the Chapin Town Hall in Chapin, South Carolina in 2020, the Art Center in Aiken, South Carolina in 2017 and "City Art Gallery" in Columbia, South Carolina in 2016.

 

He earned signature status of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and is an active member of several Columbia area and state art associations. He has been awarded signature status as a Nautilus Fellowship member in the International Society of Experimental Artists.

 

His work can be viewed at his studio ( in Chapin ) or Palmetto Fine Arts of Chapin, South Carolina.

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Date
Category
Description
Location
2021
Press
Named Artist of the Week by Palmetto Fine Arts Gallery
Chapin, SC
2021
Awards
Winner of Weathers Contracting Award, 2021 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Urban Renewal #6 - Free Parking"
Chapin, SC
2021
Awards
Winner of Benedict College Juror Award, 2021 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Urban Renewal #6 - Free Parking"
Chapin, SC
2020
Speaker
Featured speaker for the Sept 2020 CCAL Monthly Meeting
Chapin, SC
2019
Awards
Winner of 3rd Place Award, 2019 CCAL Fall Exhibition at Still Hopes, with "Time Passages #3"
West Columbia, SC
2019
Awards
Winner of 2nd Place (Timken Tyger River Plant Award), 2019 Union County Arts Council Annual Show, with "Time Passages #2"
Union, SC
2019
Awards
Winner of Rush's Founding Patron Award, 2019 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Urban Renewal #4"
Chapin, SC
2018
Awards
Winner of 3rd Place Award, 2018 CCAL Fall Exhibition at Still Hopes, with "Window on Green"
West Columbia, SC
2018
Press
Article about Tommy, Winter 2019 Edition, Chapin Magazine
Chapin, SC
2018
Awards
Best in Show Winner (Family of Mrs. Nancy Wilburn Award), 2018 Union Arts Council Show, with "Rift #3"
Union, SC
2018
Awards
Winner of Patron Award - Professional, 2012 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Looking Back - Vietnam 1971"
Chapin, SC
2018
Awards
Winner of Best in Show Award, 2018 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Rift #3"
Chapin, SC
2017
Awards
Winner of Merit Award - Professional, 2017 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Winter at Clark Station"
Chapin, SC
2017
Awards
Winner of 1st Place Professional, 2017 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Winter at Clark Station"
Chapin, SC
2016
Gallery Show
Featured artist in a Gallery Exhibit at Palmetto Fine Arts
Chapin, SC
2016
Gallery Show
Featured artist as part of the "The Five Dimensions" Exhibition at the Aiken Center for the Arts
Aiken, SC
2015
Awards
Winner of Professional Merit Award, 2016 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Assemblage on White"
Chapin, SC
2016
Gallery Show
Art 2007 - 2015, A one man exhibition at City Art Gallery
Columbia, SC
2015
Gallery Show
Featured artist in a Gallery Exhibit at Palmetto Fine Arts
Chapin, SC
2015
Awards
Winner of Best in Show Award, 2015 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Sanctuary"
Chapin, SC
2015
Awards
Winner of USC Associate Juror Award, 2015 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Assemblage #21"
Chapin, SC
2014
Awards
Winner of 3rd Place Professional Award, 2014 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Assemblage with White Circle"
Chapin, SC
2018
Awards
Juried Into South Carolina Water Media Society 2013 Annual Exhibition
Hilton Head Island, SC
2009
Credentials
Ceritifed as International Society of Experimental Artists as Nautilus Fellowship status
National
2008
Awards
Winner of 2nd Place Prize, 2008 Union County Arts Council Annual Show
Union, SC
2007
Press
Article about Tommy
Columbia, SC
2006
Awards
Winner of 1st Place Professional Award, 2006 Crooked Creek Art League Annual Juried Show, with "Rural Composition #4"
Chapin, SC
2001
Gallery Show
Featured artist at a pop-up artshow and meet the artist event at Palmetto Fine Arts Gallery.
Chapin, SC
1997
Awards
Winner of Napa Valley Award, 1997 Crooked Creek Art League 1997 Annual Juried Show, with "The Lake Murray Towers"
Chapin, SC
1992
Credentials
Certified as "Member of Excellence" in the South Carolina Watermedia Society
South Carolina