Lovett Thompson
  • Male
  • Atlanta, GA
  • United States

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MY BIO-  One bright and sunny afternoon my mother took me by the hand to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts {where I would someday exhibit}, to see the placing of some new pieces that were being added to the Egyptian collection. Although my mother was a country girl {picked cotton}, she still had her eyes and her mind on her culture.

What I saw that day left an indelible mark upon my soul that would influence my whole life direction; the works of African and Egyptian masters. A flame was ignited inside of me that has never gone out. I told my mother then and there, that someday I would make something like that myself.

In my growing years my mother provided me with books so that I could lead my mind into my culture. I studied deeply and was in awe over some of the things I discovered in the African carvings. None of the tribes carved alike. None of the noses, eyes, lips or other parts were alike. How abstract, how moving, how fast! It is easy to see how Picasso and other European artists were so easily influenced, and had to borrow a little from our ancestors.

After a stint in the Air Force it was time for school, but after a brief time I could see that it was not taking me in the right direction, so I hit the streets.

Fortunately I settled in the lower east side of New York where I met two woodcarvers Anderson Pigott and Tonnie Jones; and what a time we had!

With wood that we picked up almost anywhere we would go to the park, sit in a circle, carve, learn and teach.

I opened a shop in the east village, and as a result the invasion of the hippies from California, in 1968 I became a silversmith, sandal maker, and a bag maker. They came through and shared a lot of knowledge with me. Their main crash site was in a park one block from my shop.

1970 took me back to Boston with some wood sculptures and a few paintings. In 1970 I displayed with artists from Boston and New York in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1970 I also did a show in Brandis University. Also in 1970 with 14 black artists I was in a show in the Studio Museum in Harlem New York.

1972 to Atlanta as a member Phoenix Art and Theater Company, a one man show. Various shows in Atlanta and also a show in Tuskegee. I did a lot of crafting in Atlanta and did shows all over the country. I really celebrated my Africanness, and was happy that everyone had suddenly discovered their blackness.

Left Atlanta in 1985 for New Orleans and opened a shop in the French Quarter. Did some art there and when time ran out I ran for Houston.

There in Houston in 1987 I had a one man show in Barnes Black men Gallery. In 1989 I had a show in Dallas. In ensuing years I showed in Corpus Christi, Texas City, and the University of Houston.

Back to Atlanta in 1995 I traveled mostly and concentrated on my jewelry. Then I joined African Americans for the Arts (AAFTA) doing various shows including the annual holidays aglow.

Well, I am having a most interesting life for which I thank my God for giving soo many talents. And I thank my mother for pointing me in the right directions.

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At 10:46am on July 13, 2013, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Dear Thompson Family,

..I am sorry for the delay in responding ... My sincere condolences  ....  I did not know Lovett personally, but I knew that he was blessed abundantly creatively, such a gifted artist and beautiful kind, spirit  ....  I fell in love with his work when I first set eyes upon his images  ....  Thank you so very much for maintaining his legacy, we BAIA members truly appreciate it  ......  Infinite Blessings!


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