NYC Motorcyclist Artist Spotlight | Douglas Thompson |

Balloons, kites ... motorcycles -- There's a kind of carefree, adventurous feel to Douglas Thompson aka Tempus Deficit's work, a whimsy which speaks to both his philosophy of life and his love of two wheels.

In his own words: "Floating becomes a metaphor for letting go, and the whole concept is fascinating to me as a representation of freedom and lightheartedness. This is also how I think of motorcycling; riding is a freeing and lighthearted act. So, these two seemingly incongruent things actually line right up."

A Connecticut-based mental health counselor, Thompson says his artwork is definitely a reaction to the seriousness of his profession. But it also derives influences from children's literature ... and of course his 2004 Triumph Thruxton.

"There were two driving forces behind the balloon and kite images: a couple of years ago, I needed something that would get my work into the next Oil and Ink Expo, he says.

"And I wanted to make my son giggle. Between those two things, I managed to find my voice as an artist. I enjoy the goofy, unexpected and visually incongruent. Motorcycles are heavy; they shouldn't float. But I'm creating a world where things like that make sense."

Read NYC Motorcyclist's full interview with Thompson here. Gallery below!

Note: Edinburgh Maze was a collaboration with British artist Sam Kerridge who did the entire architectural background. The Corner was a collaboration with Matt Allard

  I'm a mental health counselor by profession, so there's no question that my art is a reaction to the seriousness of what I do. It's a wonderful means for escape; I literally get to tie a balloon to my stresses and launch them into the air. Floating becomes a metaphor for letting go. 

-- Douglas Thompson, Artist