Hanger On's

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Hanger On’s is part of a series depicting the female figure reading. I use subdued colors and loose brush strokes, as in most of my paintings, in order to create the mood and feel of spontaneity. Art buyers may see a symbolic reference to prominent 20th century American painters like George Bellows, John Sloan, Isabell Bishop, and Edward Hopper. 

12 x 16 original Urban Realism oil painting on panel by Darren Thompson. 


100 Curators Collection Saatchi Online 2012

Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition 2010

Chicago Artist Coalition Group Show 2008

Society of Illustrators 2001, 2002

Laguna Beach Echoes and Visions 2002

Louisville Art Association 2002

American Visions 2002

Hoosier Salon 2002


Southwest Art Magazine Artist to Watch 2005

Art of the West 2002

Best of American Oil Painters, Volume 2, 2009


Harris Bank

Hickory Point Bank

Responses (3)

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Kate Kern Mundie

July 24, 2022

Beautiful painting rendered in expressive brush strokes. The painting captures the feel of a subway ride.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

March 28, 2022

Told in gestural yet figurative brushstrokes, Darren Thompson’s Hanger On's is a richly painted and endearingly humanistic composition. While the painting is expressed from an observer’s point of view, and the subjects are strangers both to the artist and each other, it has a personal and sympathetic air that draws in the viewer. One does not need photorealistic renderings or closeup details of features to feel the humanity of a painting’s subjects if one is as skilled a painter as Thompson. The toned-down palette prevents the viewer from being distracted by kaleidoscopic colors and allows them to focus solely on the commuters and the emotional resonance of their demeanors. We see only a moment of these strangers' lives, but we get a lifetime of poignant sentiment from this fleeting snapshot. I find Hanger On's immensely alluring and beautifully human.

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Victoria Robustello

March 07, 2022

Beautiful capture of something so fleeting

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Darren Thompson
Everyday Life, Realism
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
16.00 inches wide
12.00 inches tall
0.25 inches deep
1.00 lbs
Chicago, IL, US