Autograph, London

Thompson Hall: Inequality, Marginalisation and Social Change

31 May 2022 - 4 January 2023

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Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

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London-based artist Thompson Hall utilises abstracted symbols and text to shed light on issues of inequality in relation to politics, social change and marginalisation. Working primarily in acrylic paint and pastels, Hall is influenced by the work of artists including Althea McNish, Ronald Moody and Kehinde Wiley.

Hall’s journalistic art practice documents and explores his everyday experiences and current affairs. As Autograph’s artist-in-residence between March and May of this year, Hall used the creative time and space offered by the residency to develop his practice following Covid-19 related lockdowns.

This installation brings together Hall’s past work with new paintings created during the residency, addressing issues of empire, social welfare, the cost-of-living crisis and the ongoing impacts of Covid-19.


Artist Thompson Hall with his display at Autograph

Cost of Living Crisis, 2022

Universal Credit Crisis, 2019

Political Sleaze, 2022

Living on a Breadline, 2019

Graph of Disruption, 2022

about the artist

Thompson Hall

Thompson Hall is a London based artist. Primarily working with acrylic paint and pastel drawings, Hall’s often colourful palette takes inspiration from artists including Althea McNish, Ronald Moody and Kehinde Wiley. Through abstracted symbols and text, Hall’s work explores the inequalities of society and the world around him regarding politics, social change, marginalisation and, most recently, the impact that Covid-19 is having on our society.

Hall was awarded an Emerging Artist commission and a Micro Grant from Unlimited in 2017 and 2020. He has exhibited in group shows across the UK. He has also had solo exhibitions at Regency Town House in Hove, Brighton Dome, and Glasgow's Project Ability. In addition, Hall is a resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Studio.

Find out more about the artist via ActionSpace’s website.


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This residency is supported by ActionSpace and is part of the EXPLORERS project. EXPLORERS is a national creative programme for increasing the visibility and representation of neurodivergent artists in contemporary visual art.

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Banner image: Thompson Hall, Universal Credit, 2019 © and courtesy of ActionSpace.

Images on page: 1) Thompson Hall, photo © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 2) Thompson Hall with his paintings at Autograph. Photograph courtesy Autograph. 3) Thompson Hall, Universal Credit [detail], 2019 © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 4) Hackney Citizen Logo. 5) Transforming Leadership logo. 6) Thompson Hall, Polluted World [detail], 2018 © and courtesy of ActionSpace.