Born in Grimsby in 1969, Christopher Thompson studied at Fine Art at Both Norwich School of Art and The Royal Academy. Thompson first began exhibiting his work in 2012 with a show at Albermarle Gallery and appearances at numerous art fairs including Doors Art Fair, Seoul and Art Gwangju, Gwangju. Thompson has since shown his work extensively, with numerous exhibitions at Pontone Gallery and Albermarle Gallery. Thompson's work is held in multiple collections including those of The National Portrait Gallery and the East India Club. Thompson's Four Studies for a Self-Portrait (2015) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2016.
A figurative painter, Thompson's work reflects his interest in the 'urban portrait.' His figures, usually male, are often depicted in theatrical moments of contemplation amidst sparse urban spaces. Thompson's Four Studies for a Self-Portrait creates this same sense of multiple male figures occupying an urban landscape, akin to a film still taken from a dramatic climax, his multiple selves create the suggestion of a wider narrative.