Ahleigh Thompson is a multi-discipline painter-printmaker from London, England where she is an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter- Printmakers and artist at Brocket Gallery, London.
Working mostly through her own experimental mono-printing; using only her hands, nails and palms on tissue paper, she also uses techniques such as intaglio etching, wood engraving, lino-cut and enjoys exploring the boundaries of all these techniques.
“I aim to produce work that intrigues; monochrome works on paper on large and small scales, as well as prints. My work attempts to encourage the viewer to question the work’s materiality and methodologies.”
Drawing on the ‘micro’ and ‘macro’, such as representations of infinite space, cross sections of bone, natural surfaces and optical processes, she intends to create open works that immerse the viewer through the creation of complex, grainy surfaces, allowing the viewer to draw on their own thoughts and personal experiences.
Thompson’s on-going series Fractured, aims to create an environment in which the immersive aspect of the work becomes more dominant. The striking contrasts and the strength of impact that can be achieved by using a monochrome palette is exaggerated in this work. Surrounded by the oil-based ink pieces on tissue paper, the dual reading of the abstract elements as positive or negative space becomes intensely apparent.
Ashleigh Thompson was the first Woolwich Contemporary Artist in Residence (2017), working in collaboration with digital composer to create sound compositions using the artist’s monotypes as soundscapes.