Craftsperson · Sculptor
Born May 25, 1946, Los Angeles, California
"I see all life as a transition from one kind of element to another. That's why I show the dog coming out of a log or an artichoke as the head of a woman. This is a theme that recurs all through my work - life after life after life - something dies and becomes something else, like the body becoming vegetation; like the dog coming out of the log."
-- Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson was born the son of a surgeon in California in 1946. Though he received his BA in psychology, he became a surrealist sculptor who has since traveled the world in search of ideas for his work. As a student of modern psychology, Thompson is deeply interested in mythology and symbols of the cycle of life. His sculptures frequently depict fantastical creatures in the process of transforming from one stage to the next: vegetable to animal, animal to human. Another favorite theme is funeral boats found in Egyptian and Norse mythology. His wife and pets have been models for his sculptures numerous times.
Thompson acquired his pseudonym, Jugo de Vegetables, while studying at the Tyler School of Art. The moniker translates to “Vegetable Juice” and is meant to emphasize the importance of art over artist. He has studied in Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador, and taught at Moore College of Art and Design for many years. Thompson has exhibited his work at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Smithsonian Institution, and the James A. Michener Art Museum, among numerous others.
Video by Jim Thornton for Michener Art Museum Creative Hand, Discerning Heart artists videos, 2012