Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson is a full time glass artist with a working studio located north of Lake Charles, LA. It is there where he works in 2D and 3D mixed media using glass and metal. He currently shows and sells his work at juried art shows throughout southeastern United States as well as his studio gallery just north of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has been featured in several newspapers, magazines, radio, and television programs for his art. Frank is a self taught artist that has been working in glass since 1982. His development of fused glass wall art is abstract in style and is influenced by the vibrant colors and positive energy of nature with a whimsical Caribbean theme. His technique begins with arranging colored glass mixed with dichroic then fired in a kiln. He then mounts the fused glass piece 2 inches above metal that has been polished to match the glass design. The result is a striking wall art piece that reflects light and has “movement” and “energy when viewed at different
angles and intensities if light. From 1995 – 2005 he taught his techniques of stained glass at the Continuing Education Program at McNeese State University in both Beginners and Intermediate stained glass. His first significant stained glass project was creating the 14 Stations of the Cross at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Big Lake in 1993. Since then his work is found in over 35 churches, hospitals, restaurants and both public and private collections. A graduate of St. Louis High School, Lake Charles in 1978, he began working as a carpenter and soon became a home building contractor. He began to work on historic restoration projects and started making custom art glass doors and windows. Many of his doors are installed in other states giving him national notoriety. I was looking through a box of papers from my past, when I discovered a construction paper picture
made with cut pieces of different colors and outlined with a black crayon. On the bottom it said “stained glass window”. It looked like some 5 year old had tried to portray his vision of glass art. As I studied the crude art piece, I located a signature on the back…”Frank 1965″ I now realize that glass has been in my subconscious for almost 50 years, and it has manifested
itself in stained glass, leaded glass, faceted glass, beveled glass and now fused glass wall art. The wall art I create is mixed media in the form of fused glass mounted over polished metal. I came up with the idea several years ago at an art show when selling stained glass panels to be hung in a window. A customer told me they have blinds on their windows so they would not see it anyway, they had more wall space than window space. This got my creative curiosity moving in an entirely new
direction. My first experiment was mounting glass over a mirror, but it looked cheap and I saw myself and what
was behind me in its reflection, not very appealing. I had been working with metal and blacksmithing, so I came up with aluminum. This metal reflects and can be manipulated to enhance the design. If the glass were mounted away from the metal it would have “Movement and Energy” thus was born Fused Glass Wall Art. My designs are abstract in nature and work well in a room filled with natural light, this changes throughout the day so the piece changes with it. A spot light can enhance the design by night thus adding even more color changes through the use of Dichroic glass. My inspiration comes from the natural world that surrounds me here in Southwest Louisiana with a tropical and Caribbean style, mixed with some whimsical fun. Creating glass art designs that have never been conceived by any other fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven to be the most accurate method for translation of inner vision to outer reality.

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