A new show opening in Manchester by artist Leslie Thompson explores the history of Black comic superheroes, from 1935 to 2020 and is the culmination of an extensive research project, which the artist began in lockdown.
‘In The Making Since A Hundred of Years’ is the second solo show this year by the artist and includes a series of vividly imagined drawings, reinterpretations of characters Thompson researched during the pandemic and has remade using his ‘memory and imagination.’ A publication also accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of Leslie’s chosen superheroes, and is available to purchase from the gallery.
Leslie Thompson has a highly developed drawing style, depicting scenes from popular culture and often referencing memories from film, music and TV. He has been attending award-winning studio Venture Arts for over 20 years and exemplifies the charity’s mission to shape a new cultural landscape where learning disabled people can realise their potential as artists, curators and critics. His work has been acquired by the Government Art Collection and he has exhibited widely across the UK and in Tokyo.
‘In The Making Since a Hundred of Years’is part of A Modest Show, the collateral programme to British Art Show 9.
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