Dan Thompson was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. He earned his MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art and supplemented his training with several years of private study and studio apprenticeships along the east coast of the United States.
He has been awarded two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has twice received the Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. In 2001, Thompson won Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In 2006, Dan Thompson co-founded the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York. In 2008, he co-founded the Janus Collaborative School of Art in New York. Dan Thompson has also instructed privately at Studio 126 in New York and is on the faculty of the New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia, PA.
He has demonstrated and taught workshops in San Francisco, Seattle, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington, D.C, Virginia, Sarasota, FL, Massachusetts, Oregon, Boston and Colorado. He has also demonstrated and instructed internationally in Toronto, Canada, Subiaco, Italy, China and in the Provence region of France. In 2007, Thompson was selected as an ARC Living Master Artist.
Since 2002, Mr. Thompson has demonstrated portrait drawing and painting and served as a juror and board member for the Portrait Society of Canada’s International Portrait Conference in Toronto. He has also lectured at the Dahesh Museum of Art, served as a speaker at Studio Incamminati’s Advanced Portrait Workshop and Symposium, and written on technique and painting practice for several art publications across the United States.
His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.