Leslie Thompson's shop and installation space at PAPER Gallery is an organic departure from his black comic book heroes series of the pandemic years, with his focus now turning to personal heroes and significant life influences. Ranging from Donna Summer to his brothers, to Brown Bear and Mr T, he selects figures that have repeatedly appeared in his work .
In his own words:
“It was all those years going to the Afflecks Palace Shop with my mum when she was alive. The good Afflecks Palace Star Wars shop is the best place to have fun to spend on action figures. I bought the type from the USA, the big country far away. It was reward of the awards. They have a cafe there as well. It’s good news. It is fun in the hard and tough Afflecks Palace shop. Hooray.
‘My New Favourite Shop’ will be my action figure heroes that I can sell soon in Manchester far away from Hulme, like never before. This new gallery will be with all the action figure drawings from entertainment of show business, a tribute to family members, an old teacher to remember or a famous wild animal. I feel good as a superstar artist drawer drawing the heroes in cartoon.”
Publication and edition models are available for sale at the event.