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John O. Thomson

About John


John O. Thomson is an abstract painter and gallery owner living on the Monterey Bay of California five months of the year, and in Mexico or the Caribbean where he lives and paints for seven months each winter.

During the past fifty years, his paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and color photographs have been exhibited by many leading galleries and design firms throughout the United States and abroad. Over 4,000 of his abstract creations are represented in private and public collections.


Nine of his recent works are available for sale over this winter. They may be viewed in Santa Cruz, California by appointment, or can be shipped to your location at a reasonable rate. To inquire further please email us here...




California College of Arts and Crafts


Chico State College (BA Arts)

Instituto Allende (Painting scholarship)


University of Guanajuato, Mexico (MFA painting, printmaking) 1965


Chico State University

(Teaching Credential) 1966

Chico State University (MA Painting, Printmaking) 1966


Teaching Experience:
Instituto Allende,.Printmaking  1965                                                      
Chico State University.TA Printing 1966                                                              
Eldorado High School. Art 1967                                                                             
American River College.Drawing 1967                                                                 
Aptos Junior Hgh School.Art  1968                                                                     
Santa Cruz Art League.Painting 1968                                                                    
Working Studios:

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1965     
Santa Cruz, California, 1967-2005          Chico, California  1969-70

Moorea, French Polynesia, 1979           
Newport, Rhode Island , 1980               St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1981       
St John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1988         
Bequia, The Grenadines, 1990
Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico, 1989-92         
Capitola, California, 1990-94                  
Ko Samui, Thailand, 1992-
Carmel, California, 1994                        
Monterey, California, 1995-98                
Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico,1992-2005

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, 2006-07
Huatulco, Mexico, 2006-07
Yelapa, Mexico, 1993-present                        

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