Thomson is a full-time artist inspired by Scotland and Japan, his city-centre Glasgow studio has been a base for working further afield. Exhibiting since age 18 and graduating from GSA in 2002, his practice has widened from landscape/figurative to abstraction, photography and installation encompassing a poetic approach and interests from Scotland beyond. He has exhibited as well as curated mixed and solo shows in the UK and abroad, artwork has been collected worldwide privately and in business collections such as McKinsey & Co. and Scottish Widows.
He has tutored various workshops at his studio, where his aim is to inspire and widen student's creativity. Regular visits to Japan began in 2002, when he began studying Sho with calligrapher Shujo Wakabayashi, then in his eighties. Thomson exhibited with him and other Asian artists in 09 and the next year represented the UK at the ART/X/TOYAMA International Exhibition. He had been on the committee of the Royal Glasgow Institute arts organisation and is a meditator, trustee and sometimes Tenzo at Glasgow Zen Group. Please check his 'Sketchbook Notes' blog for interests, inspiration and recent info and projects.
Born Scotland, U.K. 1980
Hamilton College Art Department, studying under Alan Wilson, developing landscape and neo-romantic artwork
Glasgow School of Art Painting Department 1998 - 2002, BA(hons) Fine Art
Japan, Osawano: apprentice of Master Wakabayashi (Sho calligraphy, markmaking) 2002 - present
Awarded Fairbairn Residency at Cove Park on the West coast of Scotland
Royal Glasgow Institute Scholarship; RGI Exhibitionship
3rd Year Prize, Glasgow School of Art experiments in etching, painting and photography
'The Way to Northern Cherry Blossoms’ Japan Charity Exhibition, RGI Kelly Gallery and Blair Thomson’s Studio, Glasgow. View more info
Showing with Cove Park Print Portfolio, Boisdale Gallery, Canary Wharf, London. Exhibition of city/land inspired original mixed media and ink works with a selection of Cove Park's (print) artists inc. Christine Borland, Claire Barclay, Simon Starling and Ross Sinclair. Curated by Fleming Collection.
Participating in RGI’s ‘Artist’s Statement’ section at Glasgow Art Fair, also represented by John Green Fine Art, Glasgow. Large tower based artworks in oil and ink sketchbook work, inc 'Horizon Structure'
Hospitalfield Artist Resident Exhibition at Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
April - May
‘ART/X/TOYAMA’ (four-yearly public show in Japan) selected to represent the UK with large oil painting diptych and smaller Japan cityscape inspired works. View more info
Collaboration with Designworks, Interior Design Showcase at SECC, Glasgow
RGI Annual Exhibition showing large acrylic piece ‘Skyscraper Transmission and the Edge of Beyond’
Postcards 2009, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
RSA Spring Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, showing ‘Tokyo Mast’
Glasgow Art Fair, showing with Scotlandart.com
‘Trailing the North Wind’, Glasgow Art Club solo exhibition. View more info
Aspect Exhibition, Paisley Art Museum
Wakabayashi Shujo 90th Sho Exhibition, Toyama, Japan, showing 8 works & collaborating with him and clothes designer Madam Chizuko