She Ain’t a Child No More, 2010, paper, photograph and tape on board, 8 x 7 inches
Portrait of Mnonja, 2010, rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 120 in.
Landscape Majestic, 2010, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 72 x 96 in.
You’re Gonna Give Me The Love I Need, 2010, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 144 in.
Portrait of Lily in Color, 2008
Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, Detail, 2009, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on panel
Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2009, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on panel, 120 x 288 x 2 in.
Landscape Majestic, 2011, woodblock, silkcreen and digital collage print, 52 x 68.6 in.
Tamika Sur Une Chaise Longue, 2008, linoleum, photograph and Color-Aid on wood panel, 6.5 x 8.25 in.
Mama Bush: One Of A Kind Two, 2009, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 108 x 144 x 2 in.
About Mickalene Thomas
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas (b.1971, Camden, NJ) is best known for her elaborate paintings, collages and photographs. Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and Pop Art.
The layering technique she uses [here] corresponds to her larger, elaborate artistic process. Her paintings begin with creating the set and taking the photos, which are then printed, cut up and made into collages that she projects onto wood panels. After drawing the projected images onto the panels with pencil, she applies color employing Flashe, a vinyl-based paint, and something called 1 Shot, a shiny enamel used for detailing cars. Then, the rhinestones are glued on individually.
The many steps are “what’s really fun about my work,” says Thomas, who uses the words fun and play a lot in the context of art making. “You have to have that excitement. Once that’s gone it’s really difficult to create something.” (Meghan Dailey)
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