Leslie Thompson (b.1970)


Leslie Thompson has a highly developed drawing style, drawing both from memory and through live observational drawings.

Artist Biography

He depicts scenes from television and film from 1970 -1990. His drawings are punctuated with fascinating anecdotes from film, music and TV and he also has a vast collection of superheroes which he binds and protects.


Thompson has been a regular practising artist at Venture Arts studios for over twenty years and through this has been able to extend his innate illustrative gift into stitch, animation and printmaking. 


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.


Recent Exhibitions and Commissions:


Site Specific Mural Commission, The Sheila Bird Group Head Office, Manchester, 2017


Leslie Thompson, the Superstar Artist Drawer, Project Ability, Glasgow – Preview 18/08 – 23/09/17


OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 2016


OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios 2016


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