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Screenprint by David Mach depicting a large head on a plinth set amongst a number of crates all red except three (which are blue, orange and green), with yellow sky behind.

The Golder - Thompson Gift

Dr Mark Golder and Mr Brian Thompson are two private collectors who generously support Pallant House Gallery’s ongoing development of a collection of over 300 contemporary works on paper and ceramics.

Since 2001 they have worked closely with us to create a collection of prints by providing an annual purchasing fund, supplemented with further gifts from their own collection.

As a student, Golder attended a talk by Walter Hussey, the first patron of Pallant House Gallery, on the joys of art patronage; those ideas stayed with him and he began collecting prints in 1986 after meeting the Spanish printmaker Roberto Gonzalez-Fernandez. Both Golder and Thompson see printmaking in particular as a democratic art form. The work they chose to collect are contemporary prints supporting living artists: men and women, young and old, established and new.

Initially Golder and Thompson focused on collecting Scottish works, but prints from England, Wales and Ireland are included, and a more recent focus has been on works by Royal Academicians and contemporary abstraction. The Gift now includes work by over seventy artists, ranging from established figures such as John Bellany, Elizabeth Blackadder , and Ian Hamilton Finlay to younger contemporary artists including Anya Gallacio, Michael Landy, and Rachel Whiteread.

Screenprint by David Mach depicting a large head on a plinth set amongst a number of crates all red except three (which are blue, orange and green), with yellow sky behind.

David Mach, Big Heid (1994)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2002)

Half portrait of a boy standing in profile but glancing over his left shoulder.

Peter Howson, Suspicious Boy (1994)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2001) © Peter Howson c/o Flowers Gallery

Black and white etching by Paula Rego depicting Jane Eyre lying prone on the floor.

Paula Rego, Crumpled (2002)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2007) © The Artist

An etching by Bronwyn Sleigh depicting an abstract industrial scene of black lines and geometric shape sin black, blue, red and grey

Bronwen Sleigh, Nigg II (2005)

Pallant House Gallery (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2008) © The Artist

Print by Pat Douthwaite depicting a thick outline drawing of skeletal figure, clothed in a jacket, smoking a cigarette.

Pat Douthwaite, Smoking Skull, from 'Apples Kabuki' Suite (1988)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2003) © Estate of Pat Douthwaite

Etching by Philip Reeves showing a cream, black and blue geometric form creating the appearance of bridged gap between two vertical rectangular forms in blue.

Philip Reeves, Bridge (2005)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2009) ©The Artist

Print by Jessica Harrison showing an angel in the form of a wide open mouth with wings, towers over a traditional depiction of the Virgin Mary.

Jessica Harrison, The Annunciation (2007)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2009) Courtesy of the Artist.

A black and white woodcut by Emma Stibbons showing a glaciated mountain landscape with sheer cliffs and snow.

Emma Stibbon, Firn (2008)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2009) © Emma Stibbon