Thomson, Blair Curriculum Vitae
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 1980
Spacious fields of colour and spontaneous, graceful brushstrokes create
an irresistible Zen-like calm. His inspirations come from his interest in
all things Japanese, but the main source of his abstract imagery is Scottish
landscape�bridges, crumbling piers and disintegrating shipwrecks.
Article by Lucy Sweet, Homes and Interiors Scotland February 2004.
Glasgow School of Art Painting Department 1998-�02, BA(hons) Fine Art
Glasgow Art Fair, representing Scotlandart.com and John Green Fine Art
Sophie Montgomery Art, London (featured artist)
�New Faces to Glasgow Art Club�, mixed exhibition
�Offshore�, Scotlandart.com, two-man show
Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, 'Highland'
New York Affordable Art Fair with Flying Colours Gallery, London
RGI Annual Exhibition, prizes for 'Rhythms Kilcreggan'
Winter Exhibition, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Scotlandart.com, �Abstract Exhibition�
Sophie Montgomery Art London, wall of six works
Glasgow Art Fair, representing John Green Fine Art
Third Step Gallery solo show �In Time with the Wind�
London Affordable Art Fair with Baillie Gallery, London, Scotlandart
�Selected Scottish Graduates Past & Present�, Scotlandart Edinburgh
3 man show at Baillie Gallery, London
RGI annual exhibition
London Affordable Art Fair, representing Scotlandart.com
Glasgow Art Fair, with Scotlandart.com, John Green Fine Art ,GSA
�Scottish Art Today�, Lloyds TSB, Edinburgh
One of six selected for Royal Concert Hall Glasgow �Internationalism�
London Art Fair
Glasgow Art Fair, representing Scotlandart.com, Stenton Gallery ,GSA
Solo show at the Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
Glasgow School of Art �Degree Show�, Main Gallery, Mackintosh
�Terra Nova� Degree Show Selection. Main Gallery/Museum, Mackintosh
Solo exhibition at the Kelly Gallery, Glasgow (RGI Exhibitionship)
Solo Exhibition at �Gallery Cossachok�, King Street, Glasgow.
Royal Glasgow Institute Exhibition, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow.
AWARDS AND PRIZES:
2007 - RGI Langside College Watercolour Award
2007 � RGI Glasgow Art Club Fellowship Award
2004 - Awarded RSW Residency at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath
2002 - Awarded Esmee Fairbairn Residency, Cove Park, Scotland
2001 - RGI Scholarship, RGI Exhibitionship
PUBLICATION AND MEDIA:
June �02 � The Scotsman: Views of a New World
July �02 � Business am: Best in show
September �03 � Sunday Times: How to canvas artistic success
March �03 � Scotland on Sunday: Best of Times
January/February �04 � Homes & Interiors Scotland: Artist for hire
October �04 � The Scotsman: The top 20 of Scottish art
November �04 � BBC Newsnight Scotland
March/April �05 � Homes & Interiors Scotland: Ode to a Manse
October �06 � The Herald: The Diary
October �07 � Scotsman Review, Duncan Macmillan
February �08 � Scotland on Sunday: Hidden Treasure
May �08 � Herald Review, New Faces to the Art Club, Jan Patience
PAINTINGS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
United Kingdom, United States, France, Holland, Japan