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Barry Thompson at PEER

26.05.2016

Barry Thompson
Recipient of Acme's Jessica Wilkes Studio Award 2015-16
Fistful of blood and feathers

Solo show - 3 June  to 9 July 2016
PEER
97 – 99 Hoxton Street
London
N1 6QL
Drinks reception: Thursday 2 June 6 to 9pm as part of First Thursdays

Essex landscapes, soft porn and photos from the Artists Rifles regiment are amongst the subjects in Barry Thompson's forthcoming exhibition of intricate work on paper and small scale paintings at PEER.

One source has been a World War One photo album found in the holdings of the Imperial War Museum. The photographs of Lieutenant F.H. Ennor's friends in the volunteer regiment were taken while posted at Thompson's home town of Romford. The images resonated with Thompson's memories of his own adolescent years and fed directly into a larger body of work based in and around this area of Essex.

Thompson's work deals with sites of memory both literally and psychologically, tackling themes of ideals/failure, hope/pessimism, fact/fiction and love/loss. He considers that attempting to work with these universal themes through the process of drawing has enabled him to engage with personal memories on a very intimate scale.

Thompson currently lives and works in London. He holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from University of East London. Previous group shows include There is a place…, New Art Gallery, Walsall and Hope & Despair, Cell Project Space, London.

Part of Acme Studios Residency & Awards Programme, the Jessica Wilkes Award provides a major opportunity for an Acme artist tenant to develop their practice at a pivotal point in their career. The award covers the recipient's studio rent for one year and a cash bursary. In addition the artist is supported through studio visits from other professional artists/curators and opportunities to make their work public.

It is funded and managed by Acme to the value of £10,000.
Barry was the sixth recipient of this award. Ingrid Swenson (Director PEER) took part in the award selection process and worked closely with Thompson towards this solo show, additionally supported by Acme and PEER as a partner gallery.

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