Louis Thompson - Exclusive COLLECT Artist Profile

Louis Thompson is one of the most exciting and sought after glass artists working in Britain today...

Having worked with various masters around the world, he has now blown glass with Peter Layton at London Glassblowing for over 10 years. During this time he has also completed a prestigious Masters degree at the Royal College of Art and been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions. His work is largely concept-based, taking an idea and exploring every possibility by shaping and refining both technique and form. Inspired by an installation he made for the Sigmund Freud Museum in London, he began to take great interest in Freud’s writings on dream analysis, creating pieces that combine both scientifically precise apparatus with jars representing captured dreams or emotions. These collections display a sequential narrative; ‘It’s something that’s repeated but not repetitive – taking a form and twisting and distorting it in every way to show the diverse range of possibilities of a single object.’

In recent works he has used his own DNA profile as a starting point to investigate some of these themes. Each group of pieces represents a sequence or a set of DNA markers that contain a DNA helix specimen. Louis was awarded the Jerwood Makers Award in 2012, something he describes as, ‘a fantastic privilege and a great surprise.’ In that year he was also awarded the Best in Exhibition Award at the British Glass Biennale. In 2014 he was shortlisted for the prestigious Coburg Prize for Glass in Germany and will be exhibiting at museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

 

Above: Louis Thompson, Elements of Unknown Origin, Blown and solid sculpted glass, Photo Kristof Vrancken
Dimensions (approx) between: Height: 26 - 38cm. Width: 8cm - 16cm (10.2 in - 14.9 in, 3.1 in - 6.2 in) 
Each: GBP: £625 / USD: $960 / EUR: €873 (Approx currency conversions) 

Enquire about these pieces:
 gallery@londonglassblowing.co.uk
 +44 (0) 207 403 2800  

  

Above: Louis Thompson, Archive of DNA Markers.  Blown and solid sculpted glass. Varying sizes.

Each: GBP: £875 / USD: $1326 / EUR: €1183 (Approx currency conversions) 

Enquire about these pieces:
 gallery@londonglassblowing.co.uk
 +44 (0) 207 403 2800  

 

 

Above: Louis Thompson at the London Glassblowing studio

 

  

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