Martin Thompson

untitled

c. 2002
fibre-tip pen on graph paper, diptych
395mm x 540mm (overall)

Provenance

Private Collection, Wellington.

Essay

“New Zealand artist Martin Thompson (b.1956), calls the world ‘a mindless distraction.’ For Thompson, the rational (mathematical) basis of his art provides a balance to th...

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Estimate $1,000 - $2,000
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Martin Thompson

untitled

c. 2002

fibre-tip pen on graph paper, diptych

395mm x 540mm (overall)

Auction N˚3

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

Achieved $1,172.50

A Mindless Distraction

by Stuart Shepard

“New Zealand artist Martin Thompson (b.1956), calls the world ‘a mindless distraction.’ For Thompson, the rational (mathematical) basis of his art provides a balance to the distraction of an irrational world.”

Cindi di Marzo for Studio International, “The Obsessive Drawing Show,” September 2005.

Thompson was a familiar part of the local Wellington street scene in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but it was not until curator Brooke Anderson included his work in the 2005 exhibition “Obsessive Drawing” at the American Folk Art Museum in New York that his work began to be shown seriously and collected in New Zealand.

That exhibition was hailed as a landmark for the AFAM. It was the first time in its forty-year history that it had produced an exhibition that was widely reviewed as the not-to–be-missed contemporary art show of the season, blurring the distinctions between contemporary, contemporary folk and Outsider art.