Each Gibbs Farm sculpture rewards the viewer who will walk up to and around them; and Thompson’s work elegantly offers a different red, or black, or red and black abstract composition with every circumnavigating step. On the one hand the work epitomises the cool restraint of minimalist abstract modernism with its precise proportions and clean lines.
Yet the land and light imbue it with an expressive character that swings from the mystery of the impenetrable void formed from its black side to the exuberant red side when seen in afternoon light.
Richard Thompson was born in Auckland in 1965 and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1990. He is equally well-known for his painting as for his sculpture. In 2001, Thompson was selected to travel to
Antarctica as part of the Antarctica NZ- Creative New Zealand artist residency programme. He has created several large-scale sculptures for public and private collections, notably for the Albany District
Court in Auckland and the foyer of the Price Waterhouse Coopers tower in the Auckland CBD. His work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.