Currently Exhibiting at:

Belgravia Gallery
23 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2QN
http://www.belgraviagallery.com

and:

Karry Gallery
18, rue de Lille
75007 PARIS

ArtBridge
5a Cork Street, London, W1S 3NY
http://www.artbridge.biz

Biography:

2016 Karry Gallery, Rive Gauche, Paris.
2015 Portraiture
2013 to 2014 War Memorial, WWI Centenary, Slough High St, Berkshire.
2013 Interview. Combustus Magazine. New York, USA.
2012 to 2013 Studio time.  Development of current theme.  Commissions.
2010 to 2011 MA in Philosophy, King’s College, London.
2009 Lecture on sculpture, Women’s Institute, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, I.O.W.
2009 ArtBridge Online Gallery, Cork St, London. (Representation by, continuing.)
2009 Belgravia Gallery, Albemarle St, London. (Representation by, continuing.)
2009 Senior Youth Arts Tutor, London Borough of Hillingdon, (FIESTA).
2007 Lecture on sculpture, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle Of Wight.
2004 to 2007 Studio For Sacred Art, Quarr Abbey, Ryde, I.O.W. (Artist in Residence.)
2004 Published book illustrations: A Deep and Subtle Joy, by Luke Bell.
2003 Private art lessons, A-Level (student achieved A*).
2003 Liverpool Cathedral (Solo Exhibition).
2003 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
2003 Published book illustrations: Flight of the Pterodactyls, by Norman Thomson.
2002 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
2002 The Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea, London.
2002 Kendall’s Fine Art, Cowes, Isle Of Wight. (Joint exhibition.)
2001 to 2002 Walk This Way Quarr Abbey, Ryde. (Solo exhibition and Artist in Residence.)
2001 to 2004 Luscious Conceptions, Windsor, Berks.
2001 Mural (Painting) Project, Slough Community Centre, Pinkneys Green, Slough.
2000 Sculpture art group leader, MENCAP, Windsor.
2000 to 2001 The Studio Gallery, Datchet, Berks.
1999 National Association of Master Letter Carvers, qualification and membership.
1997 to 1999 Sculptor and letter cutter: architectural and monumental.
1997 Development Projects, various, Bamako, Mali, Africa
1994 to 1996 Development Project, Marketplace, Mopti, Mali, Africa.
1994 Stone carver and labourer: architectural and monumental sculpture.
1994 Art teacher, Westgate School, Cippenham, Berks.
1994 Illustrations for Monopoly Marketing, Windlesham, Surrey.
1993 to 1994 Art School, 3D Course, Langley College, Berks.
1993 Stone carver and labourer: architectural and monumental sculpture.
1992 Antique restoration and design, Dubai, U.A.E. 1992 Architectural restoration of presbytery in Loudeac, France.
1990 Surveys of Buddhist monasteries, Kirtipur, Nepal.
1984 to 1989 BA (Hons) in Architecture, Thames Polytechnic, Dartford, Kent.

Solo Exhibitions
“Walk This Way, A Path to Peace.” Quarr Abbey, Isle Of Wight (2002).
“Ian Thomson has spent six months living with the monks, sharing their daily prayer, and carving six works in a monastic outbuilding. The stone sculptures have evolved from the artist’s reflections in the light of September 11. They have a monumental character with an expressive strength deriving in part from their firm grounding in a recognisable tradition.” – Fr. Alexander Tingay.

“Walk This Way, A Path to Peace.” Liverpool Cathedral (2003).
Three week exhibition in the “lofty and restful space of the Chapter House in Britain’s largest Cathedral”. A series of six sculptures illustrating a path to peace, with concept sketches, anatomical drawings and photographs of work in progress.

Studio For Sacred Art, Quarr Abbey. (2005 to 2007)
Working in conjunction with Abbot Cuthbert, a studio was formed as a centre of excellence and for the production of fine art for sale and commission.

A 2.2 meter figure of St. Benedict was commissioned by the monks and now stands in front of the Abbey; it was carved from a two-ton block of Portland stone. Also produced, were limited edition bronze/resin busts, bas-relief casts, and ceramic plaques.

Development Projects
Working and living in Africa and Asia has given him a wealth of experiences, artistic, social and ethical. In Africa, as a record of everyday life, many notebooks were filled with sketches, illustrations and verse (including a piquaresque 120 page poem) and several sculptural sketches in clay from the local river, were modelled.

Worked as architect for F.I.S.A. Mopti, Mali, Africa (1994 to 1996) constructing the vaulted and domed Central Marketplace, using local stone, brick and labour, overseeing forty people. Also worked for NE:A, Bamako, Mali, Africa, overseeing three sites and about fifty people.

Maintaining his contacts with ex-colleagues in Mali, he is currently consultant for two development projects, there. The first is a micro-finance venture for a fish selling, women’s cooperative; the second is a help and advice bureau in the large town of Mopti, for vulnerable itinerant child workers from villages.

Interests and Influences
Artistic influences: His mother, an artist of note, who exhibited in the Venice Biennale. Also Greek and Egyptian sculpture, Michelangelo, Rodin, Degas, Manzu and Maillol.
Music: Plays saxophone in jazz and funk bands every week at parties, bars and clubs.
Karate: Trained seriously for 35 years (continuing). As well as being spiritually edifying, Karate helps towards the Classical ideal of “A healthy mind in a healthy body”.
Books: Reads most days. Loves Classical and Russian literature.
Rock Climbing: Numerous Dolomitic peaks, including free-climbing La Cima Grande, Lavaredo.
Languages: Fluent Italian, good French, some German, Spanish and Bambara.

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