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Ally Thompson (1955-2016)
Ally (Alasdair Neil Renwick) Thompson (1955-2016) was born in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1975-80).
The Barbizon Gallery in Glasgow held a solo exhibition of his work in 1989. This propelled Thompson to international prominence with a one-man show in New York and major exhibitions in Paris. He lived and worked periodically in Provence in the 1990s. He subsequently steadily consolidated his international reputation with exhibitions in Britain, Europe and North America, appearing in galleries such as Flowers East in London and Gallery Albert 1er in Paris.
Ally Thompson painted in a number of different styles, surrealist, abstract collage, neo-cubist and expressionist landscape which made his work difficult to categorise. He gained the title, 'The Glasgwegian Surrealist'.
He did not receive the recognition that many other artists in Scotland enjoyed at that time and often struggled financially.