Martin Thompson

Wellington, New Zealand, b. 1956

Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson uses as his materials graph paper, ink pens, a scalpel and clear tape. His drawings are based on numerical divisions and progressions, using a process of filling in 1mm squares on the graph paper and then surgically editing sections.

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.

Essays

Auction Results

untitled

c. 1990

fibre-tip pen on graph paper

210mm x 295mm

Achieved $1,231.13

untitled

c. 2002

fibre-tip pen on graph paper, diptych

250mm x 500mm (overall)

Achieved $1,172.50

untitled

c. 2002

fibre-tip pen on graph paper, diptych

250mm x 500mm (overall)

Achieved $1,172.50

untitled

c. 2002

fibre-tip pen on graph paper, diptych

395mm x 540mm (overall)

Achieved $1,172.50