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(Co-founder of the Stuckists)


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Moved from a house in Finchley by a stream to Shoreditch and back. Ex-wives include Stella Vine.

1953 Born, Romford, Essex
1964-70 Brentwood School, Essex in same class as Douglas 'Hitchhiker' Adams
1969 Founded Havering Arts Lab for Performance Art ("Sex Orgy Tale - Group Banned", Havering Express)
1971 Stood for Havering Council as Dwarf Candidate (22 votes)
1970-72 'Betterwear' door to door brush salesman. Self-employed 'underground' magazine distributor (including Schoolkids OZ)
1973-79 Thurrock Technical College, Foundation Art. Maidstone College of Art, FFIAD (First Fail in a Decade)
1979 Member of the Medway Poets
1979-87 Part-time telephonist/receptionist, Kent County Ophthalmic and Aural Hospital
1987-99 Full-time poet. 2000 poems and work in 100 anthologies. Performed in 700 schools
1979 Resumed paintingafter fifteen-year abstinence
1999- Full-time artist
1999 Conceived of, then co-founded The Stuckists with Billy Childish
2001 Stuckist General Election candidate. Second marriage, in New York, to Stella Vine, lasted two months. Reported Charles Saatchi to the Office of Fair Trading
2002-05 Director Stuckism International Gallery, Shoreditch
2004 Featured artist and co-curator, The Stuckists Punk Victorian, Walker Art Gallery, for the Liverpool Biennial
2005 Campaigned against the Tate's purchase of trustee work, which led to a Charity Commission censure
2006 Go West show, Spectrum London

Spent most of the last eight years promoting Stuckism, organising anti-Turner Prize clown protests and being accosted by Sir Nicholas Serota in Trafalgar Square. Has studied Kabbalah and astrology for thirty years. Practices past life therapy. National poetry prizewinner. First commercial artwork at the age of five - sold a drawing of his teddy bear to granddad for a penny. Arrested in 1972 for protesting against pollution in Oxford Street. Has a son fanatical about motor racing.

Working method

"I see my artistic influences from Japanese woodblock prints, Impressionism, Van Gogh and German Expressionism. I don't like Pop Art on the whole, because I find it uses the 'cartoon' style in a mechanical soul-less fashion. I depict what I experience as honestly as I can. This generates subject matter and style. I do line drawings spontaneously and uncorrected with a black wax crayon in a sketchbook. Then I choose one, blow it up on the canvas and paint the black line in acrylic. The colour is oil paint (Old Holland) and nearly always remains the first colour I paint in - though it can take an hour to mix it. I feel what the colour should be. The final image is a synthesis of material, emotional and spiritual experience.

"I Feel Bad When I Reject Your Love" painting

"Based on something a (now ex) girlfriend said to me. I thought it was a negative picture, but then I realised it was positive because it's a reconciliation after self-knowledge. It's also ambiguous as to who's speaking. Most of my paintings are based on experiences with people I know, usually on a drawing from life, but in this case from a photo I took of her.


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Some of Charles Thomson's published articles:

Stuck Inn I  - Kylie Minogue
Stuck Inn 2 - Barred from a Gina Bold show
Stuck Inn 3 - Review of a Gina Bold show
Stuck Inn 4 - No Turner demo in 2007
Stuck Inn 5 - Sir Nicholas Serota's Tate acquisition policy
Stuck Inn 6 - Sir Nicholas Serota is wrong
Stuck Inn 7 - Damien Hirst the Excellent Painter
Stuck Inn 8 - Damien Hirst and the Reactionary Critics
Stuck Inn 9 - Stuckism and Punk
Stuck Inn 10 - Boogie Woogie
Stuck Inn 11 - The Art Damien Hirst Stole
Stuck Inn 12 - The Art Damien Hirst Stole part 2
Stuck Inn 13 - Charles Saatchi the Bad Man

Lucky Cunts - review of Gregor Muir's Lucky Kunst
Can We Undo Psychosis? - review of Jane Kelly's Inside

The Ofili Scandal at the Tate - background info and unanswered questions
The British Prime Minister and the Tate's Tin of Shit - on trying to put a petition on the PM's web site
If Hitler Had Been a Hippy - on Jake and Dinos Chapman's show
Betrayal of Trustees at the Tate - non-effectiveness of the Board
Tate Cruises -the Tate's commercial link with P&O Cruises
Cronyism at the Tate - two new artist trustees, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Wolfgang Tillmans
What Is Damien Hirst Playing at? - his conflicting views of painting
Transparency in the Art World - a panel discussion with a vested interest
The Plagiarisms of Damien Hirst - just what it says

The Tate's Anti-Painting Tunnel Vision - an exhibition with one visitor
If Hitler Had Been a Hippy - pretension and error by Chapman twerps
The Tate BP PR in Tatters - oil out
The Turner Prize Gang Rides Again! - Tate awards prize to itself

Art in London
Art in London Autumn 2008 (pdf): page 44, on public sculpture
Art in London Winter 2008 (pdf): page 28, on Banksy mural in Newman Street, London

The Oldie
What is Stuckism (Summer 2008)

The Jackdaw
Frequent contributor. Most articles not online.
Supercollector: Charles Saatchi You're a Bad Man (July/August 2011)

Quotes about

"Charles Thomson's works manage to reach some sort of 'collective archetypal storage' and pull stuff out in the air, stuff that has something strong to say to anyone who takes the time to peruse a painting." - Odysseus Yakoumakis (email)

"There is an emotional charge present throughout your work. Your still life paintings always suggest human relationships. Many of your paintings of women have a complexity or at least you suggest this." - Peter McArdle (email)


Article in the Ham and High (early 2002), available on the Internet Archive.| Quotes on Painterskeys.com

Some of the text of the biography is based on The Stuckists Punk Victorian book (National Museums Liverpool)

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