(born 1947 or 1948)
Mark Thompson is active/lives in Colorado. Mark Thompson is known for Super real still-life, figure and interior scene egg tempera painting.
Known for his work in egg tempera, S. Mark Thompson creates luminous still lifes and figures in a photo-real style. He also does etchings, completing all processes himself. He is a native of Colorado and works high in the Rockies out of a studio filled with objects including musical instruments. He has been a soccer coach and a teacher at the Art Students League in Denver.
He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in commercial art and then worked as a commercial artist in Chicago. Returning to his home state, he earned a Master's Degree at the University of Northern Colorado and taught high school for ten years before turning to full-time art in 1981.
He prefers egg tempera for its richness, historical associations, and crispness, which allows intricate detailing. He mixes his own paints and works on quarter-inch Masonite. His subject matter is increasingly still lifes because he has trouble finding models, having used his wife and sons who tired of posing.
Mark Thompson has been creating egg tempera paintings for over 35 years with subject matter of still life and the female figure. For the egg tempera medium he uses fresh egg yolk and works in a realist style.
Egg tempera painting is usually associated with medieval and early Renaissance painters such as Botticelli, Verrocchio and Fra Angelico. The medium as used by these Old Masters was a painstaking process so when oil painting
was developed, most artists changed to the new medium.
Although egg tempera remains technically demanding, modern methods and materials have simplified the methods of the Old Masters.