1929 - 2019

David Michael Thompson, was born at Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire in 1929, his mother's maiden name was Morgan. David has some 40 years working experience as a writer, broadcaster and film-maker on visual arts subjects, latterly taking up painting. Art critic of 'The Times' for seven years, director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, associate editor of 'Studio International' and chairman of the Arts Council's exhibition committee. He married at Hampstead, London in 1970, as her third husband, Freda Mary Goodrich, the actor Freda Dowie (22 July 1928-10 August 2019) and on his retirement they moved to Suffolk. Whilst living at Sizewell, Suffolk, and without any formal art training, he began painting in 1985. He paints mainly Suffolk land and seascapes, and has exhibited regularly with Clock House Gallery; The Suffolk Group; Southwold Art Circle and the Ipswich Art Society, for which he was chairman for two years. He also curated the Space Exhibition at Aldeburgh Festival in 1990, the tribute to Elinor Bellingham Smith [q.v.]. He exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society from Fynn Toft, Playford, Ipswich in 1990, four pictures 'Family Holiday', 'Summer', 'Freda Dowie as 'Antigone'' and 'On Sizewell Beach' and is a regular exhibitor, including in 1997 'Cliff Cottage, Dunwich', 'Steps to the Beach' and 'Rooks in the Evening'. He has had solo exhibitions at Gallery 44, Aldeburgh; Halesworth Gallery and Taplin Gallery, Woodbridge. David has his studio at Hollies, Love Lane, Westleton, Suffolk and published 'Raphael, The Life and the Legacy' (1983) and 'Harry Becker' (2002). David Thompson died on 13 April 2019.

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