Nuns on Sherbrooke Street 2024 (detail)

With studious observation Michael Thompson produces exquisite meditations on his main themes: light and time. In his work light becomes a palpable presence or entity. Thompson captures the sensation of memory – that point when an image becomes indelible in the mind. He depicts, even amplifies the character or mood of people and places as they have persisted in his memory over the years. Haunting and evocative, his mingling of presence and absence, interior and exterior, present and past, have a strange and powerful psychological effect where things, however exactingly rendered, are never as they seem.