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.
Peter Howson, Suspicious Boy (1994)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2001) © Peter Howson c/o Flowers Gallery
Paula Rego, Crumpled (2002)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2007) © The Artist
Bronwen Sleigh, Nigg II (2005)
Pallant House Gallery (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2008) © The Artist
Pat Douthwaite, Smoking Skull, from 'Apples Kabuki' Suite (1988)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2003) © Estate of Pat Douthwaite
Philip Reeves, Bridge (2005)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2009) ©The Artist
Jessica Harrison, The Annunciation (2007)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The Golder – Thompson Gift, 2009) Courtesy of the Artist.