Monte Thompson

Monte Thompson discovered Fine Art in his youth through images of Michelangelo’s sculpture. A self-taught sculptor and draughtsman, he traveled across the United States seeking out the great works in numerous collections on the East Coast. In the presence of these majestic paintings, his passion for oil painting was ignited.

In 2017, a lifelong dream was realized as Monte journeyed to Rome and Florence, Italy.  Here, in the presence of Michelangelo’s work, his understanding of beauty deepened and he embraced the Italian idea of “la bella figura”.  He was forever altered.

From his studio in Colorado, Monte works in the painting tradition of Caravaggio where he creates a harmony between chiaroscuro and modern concepts.  Through these concepts, he reinforces the intelligence that underlies all human endeavors.  With a bold and impassioned style, he creates the feeling of order and devotes himself to the greatest beauty in life.



  • 2017 Western Regional Exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Saint George, UT


  • First Annual International Juried Artists Guild Exhibition, The Artists Guild, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ


  • 2013 Juried Salon Show, Oil Painters of America, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI


  • 57th Annual Art Show, Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma City, OK


  • 19th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
  • Joint Exhibition with Kelli Folsom, Sophia, Bulgaria
  • Joint Exhibition with Kelli Folsom, Smolyan, Bulgaria


  • Deck the Walls!, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
  • Holiday Fine Art & Gift Salon, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT



  • Artist in Residence (Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria), Griffis Foundation, New London, CT


9 Responses

  1. WilliamVek · May 28, 2016 at 16:05:07 ·

    I really like and appreciate your forum topic.Really thank you! Keep writing. Carnathan

  2. Charlotte Lough · July 13, 2016 at 21:35:48 ·

    Monte, I would like to talk to you about present/demoing at Alpha Rho Tau Civic Art Assn in Tulsa sometime in 2017.

  3. Victoria Oldham · August 18, 2016 at 10:46:40 ·

    Hello Monte,

    RE: Sedona Art Prize Painting Competition

    I am writing to see if you would be interested in entering The Sedona Art Prize, an ONLINE international painting competition sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center and Gateway To Sedona. It is found at http://www.SedonaArtPrize.com. Top prize is $5000.00 cash plus option for a Sedona solo exhibit and two-week Sedona residency. Last year’s winners included George Bodine ($5000.00), Ned Mueller ($1000.00), Jason Sacran ($1000.00), among others. Please let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to share this opportunity with other artists you know. Thanks for your attention.

    Victoria Oldham


  4. Roger K Lawrence · January 13, 2017 at 16:02:04 ·

    What is the best book on Sargent’s
    Work to have in your library?

  5. Madelaine Rayburn · March 23, 2017 at 15:10:10 ·

    First of all ,you have picked a very beautiful template . I think i might design something similar for a future blog that i want to build . On top of that ,i really enjoy most of the posts and your different point of view.Good Job

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