cambridge contemporary art

Mark Thompson

My primary drive as an artist is to try to make sense of my place in the world. Through the caprices and inconsistencies of memory, I hope to access a kind of collective memory of place. I do not seek to illustrate a particular place in point of fact, but rather develop and ultimately ‘make‘ a version of the world seen through the isolation of personal memories. The mind/body distinction - the phenomena of the mind seeming to look out at the world from behind the eyes – forms the basis of my attempt to understand and record the world through my own consciousness.

The paintings are works of memory – the slow development or exposure of a photograph being both a useful metaphor and an actuality in my practice. The filter of memory appears to retain only what is personally important, and the inevitable mix of my own history and experience fills in the gaps. Only that which remains is important – the extraneous and fleeting are not registered. The final image is therefore a remnant, the world distilled. This remembered world inevitably fades and decays, and I catch all I can before there is nothing left. This is my starting point.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available.


That You're Not Here

oil on wood

34.5 x 45cm

£1200

A Fragile Geometry

oil on wood

80 x 122cm

Hidden

oil on wood

30 x 40cm

Of Hidden Doorways

oil on wood

80 x 122cm

Making Peace

oil on canvas

sold

Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

oil on wood

34.5 x 45cm

£1200

Famine's Ghost

oil on wood

88 x 122cm

In Gratitude (for Akira Kosemura)

oil on wood

88 x 122cm

Paths Around the Pond

oil on wood

34.5 x 45cm

Berlin

oil on wood

30 x 30 cm

£1000

After Image

oil on ACM panel

37.5 x 50cm

The Witness

oil on wood

80 x 122cm

The Memory Palace

oil on wood

92 x 122cm