Born and raised in Richmond VA, Khalid Thompson discovered a passion for poetry during creative writing classes in high school. Post-graduation, he sought to challenge his solitary nature via performance outlets such as acting and acoustic guitar. However, there persisted a deep desire within him to find an artistic path more suited to his inherent personality. In the spring of 2006 he decided to move to Washington DC, to gain inspiration from a culturally diverse, international city.
After a serendipitous meeting with a charismatic visual artist from the Ivory Coast, Khalid began to re-investigate a childhood love of drawing. The steady encouragement of this new friend coupled with a renewed sense of self, led Khalid to explore his own style of abstract art. The creative freedom and process of improvisational painting became a perfect fit. Since 2008 he has completely devoted himself to painting.
“The purpose of my work is to fill the audience with a sense of order and chaos. By allowing the power of the moment to fully express itself, I let the forces of nature direct my process with hopes of transmitting these images to the viewer. ”
- Khalid Thompson
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