Bleriot Thompson


Newark-based painter, Bleriot Thompson was born and raised in New Jersey. Thompson is a mixed media artist working primarily with paint while using art and time to explore the boundaries of documentation. Public Enemy is a compilation of portraits that Thompson uses to illustrate visual pockets of his subjects’ lives. Thompson uses a wide range of materials while building portraits that intermingle the color, joy, past experiences, life contributions, and intimate moments from his subjects’ lives.

On this visual journey he tackles issues dealing with race, and inequality, while finding ways to embrace and redefine the ugly absurdities that his subjects have encountered through their passage of time. Thompson creates a visual narrative that allows the viewer to experience a moment outside of their own shoes. This compilation occupies space in the past, present, and future. Growing steadily in every direction. Achieving transcendence through perseverance Thompson aims to breathe new life into the history that is behind him, around him, and ahead of him.

Thompson studied at the University of William Paterson and received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2018. Shortly, after graduating, Thompson was accepted into Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, and in the following year was accepted into the Early Art Practitioners pilot program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. Since then Thompson has sold and exhibited artwork throughout the tri-state and is currently an artist in residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ.

Selected Works