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Lesley-Jo Thompson



Image © copyright Matt Elliot 2010

Lesley-Jo Thompson moved with her family from Southampton to Teignmouth in 2000, whilst expecting her fourth child, and it is here she has lived and worked ever since. In 2009 after 20 years of bringing up her family, she decided to fulfil a promise to herself to go back into education, and study towards a career in creative industry. As she had spent many years painting and selling her work within Devon and voluntarily working on the board of the Devon Artist Network, she felt ready to take the next step.

After being accepted into Plymouth College of Art on the extended degree course, Lesley-Jo was introduced to photography, where it very soon became apparent she had a natural flair for the subject.

As a digital-based photographer Lesley-Jo finds immediacy, which was never available to her as a painter. With her photographic work she establishes narratives that set the scene and interpret through the use of imagery the true essence of her given subject.

The idea she’s painting with light and recording movement in an instant or over time, reveals transition as a recurring theme within her work.

Lesley- Jo’s work is drawn from her fascination with the Pre-Raphaelite movement especially Edward Byrne-Jones, which has spanned a lifetime. She was first introduced to his work by her mother, who would take her to Southampton Art Gallery  when she was a toddler

 “I remember lying in the middle of the gallery as a small child and spinning myself on the shiny parquet flooring like a top, and where I stopped and my head was pointed was the picture I would sit and immerse myself in ”  recalls Lesley -Jo. ”Even as a young child I understood the romance and excitement from Byrne-Jones paintings, the way he invited his audience to walk with him through the world of Greek mythology and share its awe inspiring splendour ”.

Within her work Lesley-Jo tries to create that same connection to her subject – evoking the same feelings of wonder and passion that she had felt when looking at those beautiful paintings as a child. Inviting the audience to create their own narrative and transport themselves to their own private world of fantasy.

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