Clifford Thompson

Clifford Thompson paints representations of the things he loves or at least thinks about a lot: books, writing, music, whiskey, childhood. There is often a narrative element to the paintings, as if the viewer (and the painter) have walked in on a scene in progress, whose meaning is not always clear, even to Thompson.

Clifford Thompson grew up in Washington, DC, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1985 and currently teaches creative nonfiction writing at several colleges. His paintings have appeared in the 2010 Channel 13 documentary The Bungalows of Rockaway; on the front and back covers of Blink-Ink (a publication of flash fiction), Issue #38; in the inaugural issue of Speak magazine, June 2018; on the covers of his nonfiction books Love for Sale and Other Essays (2013) and Twin of Blackness: A Memoir (2015), both published by Autumn House Press; and on the cover, as well as in the interior, of his 2019 nonfiction book What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues, published by Other Press.

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