Mickalene Thomas

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas1She Ain’t a Child No More,  2010,  paper, photograph and tape on board, 8 x 7 inches

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas2Portrait of Mnonja,  2010,  rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 120 in.

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas3Landscape Majestic,  2010,  rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 72 x 96 in.

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas4You’re Gonna Give Me The  Love I Need,  2010,  rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 144 in.

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas5Portrait of Lily in Color, 2008

EscapeIntolife_MickaleneThomas6Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, Detail,  2009, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on panel

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas7Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires,  2009, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on panel, 120 x 288 x 2 in.

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas8Landscape Majestic, 2011, woodblock, silkcreen and digital collage print, 52 x 68.6 in.

EscapeIntoLife_MickaleneThomas9Tamika Sur Une Chaise Longue, 2008, linoleum, photograph and Color-Aid on wood panel, 6.5 x 8.25 in.

EscapeIntoLife-MickaleneThomas10Mama 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)

Mickalene Thomas’ Website

Mikalene Thomas 2011 Interview on Art Info

Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin

Posted by Carmelita Caruana