Pete Thompson started drawing in the mid-sixties, whist working evenings at Smith and Nephew. The monotony of shift work gave him the space to work on his creations at night.
Inspired by the shapes and patterns in the world around him, and was heavily influenced by pop, psychedelia, art and music, with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure.
During this period of creativity, Pete had various works selected and exhibited in the Ferens Art Gallery winter exhibitions from 1972 to 1976.
From 1978, in a creative ‘dry spell’, Pete stopped drawing due to a lack of inspiration, ideas and various other reasons.
In 2014 Artlink opened a staff group show in which ‘Islands in Spain’ was exhibited. The positive response to the work was the encouragement needed to pick up his felt tips and start again.
In the years since, Pete has been prolific, with inspiration coming to him from everything from air conditioning grilles to watching WestWorld. Pete says: “I call my art `Pod Art’ because I have my iPod playing music from the sixties to the present day, quite loudly. whilst I am working.”
Once the grids start to take place in his mind, he sets up his drawing board and pencils in a grid. His tools of trade are felt tipped pens, set squares and any other shaped object he likes the look of that can be stencilled round.