Mystery Babylon

"Mystery Babylon"

Now is come Salvation

"Now is come Salvation" (above) was produced in collaboration with artist Norbert Kox, and is 7' X 10.5'. There is also a "companion" painting named "Idolatry" which is its antithesis (see below).

Great White Throne

"The Great White Throne"

Revelation Beast

"The Beast" from Revelation

Winged.

 

Then fire came from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who led them astray was flung into the fiery, Sulpherous Lake, where the animal and false prophet were, there to be tortured day and night forever and ever.

The Revelation of John

We first met in 1998 on the grounds of The Hambridge Center almost on the Georgia-North Carolina border. Inspired by the healing power of pure Blue Ridge Mountain air, I was ready for something far removed from the day-to-day tedium of urban living with all its din and distraction. Over by the front of a building sat a distinguished looking gentleman surrounded by various paintings unlike anything I had seen before. My first thought was that the man I saw wasn’t the artist. I then had unfounded stereotypes of a folk artist in my mind and ruled out that a self-taught creative genius could also be urbane, erudite and polished.

I was so terribly wrong.

William Thomas Thompson and I have crossed paths many times since that day. While I know likely well over a hundred artists of this genre, no person has struck me as so original and so spiritual since the first time I met Rev. Howard Finster and saw his works. As a collector and critic, I abandoned some time back any notion of inquiry as to why an artist creates anything. Some never were as candid as I expected while others told me more than I needed to know. Thompson has no particular desire to explain anything except to tell everyone that each painting is the aftermath of visual experience.

Then I saw a great white throne with a being seated on it from whose presence earth and sky fled so far tthat they could not be found. I saw the dead high and low standing before the throne and books were opened. Then another book was opened. It was the book of life.

The Revelation of John

I have never known him to be anything less than totally honest. When William Thomas Thompson paints subjects and events relating to the world’s end in the context of the Book of Revelations, I am impressed and persuaded. While he has always been well equipped to communicate with a biblical basis, he never once had any experience with art and certainly no technical knowledge. Everything he paints, all words added to each painting are inspired and what he paints is founded solely on his self-taught skills.

For years, William Thomas Thompson has been disabled with a crippling paralysis, and other than rendering the hand written text on his paintings a little difficult to read, there isn’t much that would suggest that there is any meaningful connection between disability and creativity. Mr. Thompson believes firmly that his paintings result from a personal epiphany. “I am given visual messages,” he told me, “and my responsibility is to paint them and get them shown to as many people as I can.”

I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall iherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.

The Revelation of John

William Thomas Thompson’s works, including the phenomenal “Revelation Murals,” a display of paintings employing an assemblage of paintings in 6 square foot pieces that utilized 300 feet of canvass, have not escaped critical acclaim. James Mann’s well researched “The Apocalyptic Chronicle Of William Thomas Thompson, a major feature in the highly regarded magazine of visionary art, Raw Vision, documents that Thompson, in what the artist describes as a “rage,” believes his mission is to paint the entire book of Revelation.

With his works in museums, acclaimed galleries and hallowed private and corporate collections, you might think that William Thomas Thompson would slow down some. It will never happen. “The messages come to me and I simply become the deliverer. The turmoil and all the signals indicate a fulfillment of prophecies is at hand.”

Stand before a painting by this engaging artist. Through the power of his heavenly connection, he allows us to see beyond the moment into a future with fire, frightening images, death, destruction, new life and redemption. The signs are there. William Thomas Thompson is a servant of God. Ignore him at your own risk.

There will no longer be any night and they will have no need of lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

The Revelation of John.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: William Thomas Thompson is driven by his mission. Enjoy even more of his paintings below, on this page, and on two websites: <http://www.thompson-art.com> and <http://www.artoutsider.com>. Those interested in his works may contact him at thompsonart99@hotmail.com.

 

More of William Thomas Thompson's inspired and original art:

Revelation Now

"Revelation Revealed" (above) was painted in collaboration with artist Norbert Kox. It is 300' X 7' (in six sections, each 50' X 7') and is available for shows by contacting Mr. Thompson. It is presenty in the South Carolina State Museum. There is also a smaller, "European" version, also in six parts, each 150' X 7'.

The painting above hangs in the Las Vegas Art Museum

"Idolatry", See "Now is come Salvation", above.

Ichabod

"Ichabod"

 

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Dragon

"Dragon"

 

 

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