Leslie Thompson has a highly developed drawing style, drawing both from memory and through live observational drawings.
Thompson has been a regular practising artist at Venture Arts studios for over twenty years. He has a highly developed drawing style, drawing both from memory and through live observational drawings. Thompson depicts scenes from popular culture from 1970 -1990 and his drawings are often punctuated with fascinating memories from film, music and TV. Leslie found success when he sold all of his vitrine series on the opening day at the OutsiderXchanges project booth at The Manchester Contemporary ,2016.
He has gained a reputation as a fantastic mural artist, creating bespoke murals in the head offices of LADbible and Sheila Bird Group in Manchester. He also specialises in capturing events through live drawing and has worked with DadaFest, Creative Ninds North, Hubbub Theatre and regular events for Venture Arts such as Making the Case Symposium.
Thompson was commissioned by Ladbible to create a permanent mural in their HQ (2018-2019).
Leslie found success when he sold all of his vitrine series on the opening day at the OutsiderXchanges project booth at The Manchester Contemporary ,2016. He has also exhibited as a part of OutsiderXchanges (a Venture Arts project) at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Whitworth Lates Art Party event and documented events through live drawing such as DaDaFest and Creative Minds North.
In the Detail, Project Ability, Glasgow International Festival 2020
Thumbs Up, Castelfield Gallery, January 2020
Environments, Outside In, National Open Art Exhibition, London, opening 28 October 2019
Venture Arts at The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, 11- 13 October 2019
Manifest Arts Festival, Hulme, Manchester, July 2019
Social Works?:Live (Live drawing), Axisweb and Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2019
Age of Creativity Conference, Voluntary Arts, The Whitworth, May 2019
Springfest, Victoria Baths, Manchester, April 2019
ParaArt TOKYO, International exhibition promoting the art and culture of people with learning disabilities in Japan and the world, Japan, February 2019
PERSPECTIVES, Manchester and Salford, October 2018 – February 2019
Spilling Out, Joint presentation with Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, Manchester 2018
Site Specific Mural commission, The LADbible HQ, Manchester, 2018
Site Specific Mural Commission, The Sheila Bird Group Head Office, Manchester, 2017
Dadafest, Live Drawing, Liverpool, 2017
Creative Minds North, Live drawing, HOME, Manchester, June 2017
Leslie Thompson, the Superstar Artist Drawer, Project Ability, Glasgow, August- September 2017
OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 2016
OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios 2016
It Is Now, International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists, Glasgow 2015
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester 2015
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2014
Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry , Salford Quays 2013