After completing a foundation course at Southend Technical College John studied Industrial Design at Coventry University in the hope of following his father, Charles Thompson, into a career as an Automotive Designer. However, after achieving his degree and following some advice John took up a position of visualiser in a London studio, and this has been his career ever since. His degree in automotive designing helped him become the head visualiser for all the Toyota brochure work, for the last 20 years.
Painting has also been a big part of John's life. As a member of the Guild of Motoring Artists, John has exhibited and sold work in several major art exhibitions, both in London; and the USA.
John had his paintings accepted for exhibition at the prestigious Royal Society of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
John has four boys, Charlie, Sam, Danny and Jack, and they have been the subject in several of his paintings in his shows. While portraiture is John's real passion, landscapes are also dear to his heart and he enjoys working En Plein air locally, on holiday in Cornwall, Greece and The United States.
In 2009 John had a work accepted for the Guild of Aviation Artists show in the Mall.
Since 2011 John has exhibited yearly with the Art Art Art group.
2012 John Joined the Southend Art club and has exhibited at their shows regularly, where he has been awarded two Best in show and several highly commended awards for his paintings. joind the committee in 2018 as Web manager, and became Chairman in 2019.
John Has also had work shown at the ASAA (American Society of Aviation Artists) Juried show and ‘unjuried’ show where he has achieved a blue ribbon on three occasions.
His work has been accepted in the Essex open art competition for the last four exhibitions.
His first solo show was held at Studio 11 in Westcliff on Sea Essex 2015.
John's work now hangs in private collections in the USA, Europe and Great Britain.