Over the course of his short but prolific career, Thompson created wildly vivid paintings, reflective of the Beat Generation that he was a vital part of.

Bob Thompson's (1937 - 1966) formal practice began in the 1950s in Massachusetts, where he revisited historial painting from The Renaissance to the early 20th century. His career flourished after his move to New York in the late 1950s. Combined with aspects of contemporary life, Thompon's paintings bridged historical and modern painting with a Fauvist style. As a result, his elaborate figurations offer an unorthodox and expressive approach to composition, color and tonality.