The eleventh artist that will be highlighted is: Alma Thomas
According to her Wikipedia page: “Alma Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891 – February 24, 1978) was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator best known for her colorful abstract paintings. She lived and worked primarily in Washington, D.C. and The Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Color School. The Wall Street Journal described her as a previously “underappreciated artist” who is more recently recognized for her “exuberant” works, noteworthy for their pattern, rhythm and color. Thomas remains an influence to young and old as she was a cornerstone for the Fine Arts at Howard University, started a successful art career later in her life, and took major strides during times of segregation as an African-American female artist. Thomas believed that creativity should be independent of gender or race, creating works with a focus on accidental beauty and the abstraction of color.“
“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common to the whole civilized world, independent of age, race and nationality; the statement may stand unchallenged.”
-Alma Thomas, 1970
“The use of color in my paintings is of paramount importance to me. Through color I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness in my painting rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.” –Alma Thomas
Unfortunately, outside of her Wikipedia page and a couple of sites that feature select images of her work, I have been unsuccessful locating additional information about Alma, whose work I absolutely enjoy.
As far as I can tell, there is only a young adult biography and a monograph available for Ms. Thomas – yet another lady who deserves to have a full biography written about her. I sincerely hope that there is one in the works somewhere.
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