LESLIE THOMPSON (b. 1970 in Manchester, England) lives and works in Manchester, England. Thompson has been an artist at Venture Arts support studios in Manchester for over twenty years. Through this time he has been able to extend his innate illustrative gift into stitch, animation and printmaking. He often depicts scenes from television and film from 1970 -1990. His drawings are punctuated with fascinating anecdotes from film, music and TV. Thompson found success when he sold all of his vitrine series on the opening day at the OutsiderXchanges project booth at The Manchester Contemporary in 2016. He has documented several events and conferences through live drawing; something he enjoys very much.
Solo exhibitions include: Age of Creativity, The Whitworth, Manchester, England (2019) Social Works: Live, Live drawing, Manchester Metropolitan University and Axisweb, Manchester, England (2019) Leslie Thompson, The Superstar Artist Drawer, Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland (2017) Group exhibitions include: Environments, Outside In, Kings Place, London, England (2019) Perspectives, Fred Aldous, Manchester, England (2018) Para Art, Tokyo, Japan (2018) Hubub Theatre, Derby, England (2018) Spilling Out, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, England (2018) OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2016) OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester, England (2016) International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists, Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland (2015) MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester, England (2015) The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England (2014) Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England (2013)