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Mickalene Thomas Art

Mickalene Thomas (UNITED STATES, b. 1971)

Although she’s best known for her vibrant and textural collage portraits of Black women, contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is in fact a master of many mediums, including photography, video, sculpture and printmaking. Born in Camden, New Jersey, and raised by her mother, a fashion model, Thomas enrolled in after-school art classes at the Newark Museum of Art in Newark, New Jersey, and the Henry Street Settlement in New York City as a child. Later, she would earn fine art degrees from Pratt Institute and Yale University.

Inspired in part by her strong, matriarchal upbringing and her own identity as a queer Black woman, Thomas focuses on female power, beauty and sexuality in her works. She cites a 1990s-era exhibition of Carrie Mae Weems’s work at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon as being critically important to her becoming an artist. In her work, Thomas commonly pulls from the art history canon, riffing frequently on the styles and compositions of early modernists such as Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet and Henri Matisse, as well as more contemporary artists like Romare Bearden and David Hockney. She recontextualizes their paintings by restaging them with Black subjects, using signature materials like rhinestones, enamel and acrylic paint to profound effect. Relatedly, for a collaboration with Dior, Thomas reinvented the house’s iconic Bar jacket and Lady Dior handbag to become, essentially, wearable Claude Monet landscapes.

Thomas also investigates the idea of Black celebrity in her work, painting portraits of such Black icons as Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey and Eartha Kitt. In 2008, Thomas painted the first individual silkscreen portrait of then–First Lady Michelle Obama, which was exhibited for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Americans Now” show.

Thomas’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others. She has received such accolades as the Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts in 2010, the Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award in 2012 and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award in 2013. In 2015, Thomas was named a USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow.

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The High Priestess
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Saint Louis, MO
The High Priestess, 2010 Archival inkjet print Framed Dimensions: 20.19 x 16.25 x 1 inches (51.27 x 41.27 x 2.54 cm) Edition of 7, 2/3 AP
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2010s Mickalene Thomas Art

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Archival Ink, Inkjet

Tray Set
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in New York, NY
The Mickalene Thomas tray set is in a limited edition of 250. Each set includes a numbered certificate of authenticity and comes in a specially designed package. The set includes fou...
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2010s Mickalene Thomas Art

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Other Medium

Lena Blanket or Throw by Mickalene Thomas
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Jersey City, NJ
This wool and cotton blanket by celebrated artist Mickalene Thomas fits a queen or king, or is fantastic has a wall hanging. Produced in collaboration with Pendleton Mills, this l...
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2010s American Mickalene Thomas Art

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Wool, Cotton

I Have Been Good To Me
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Toronto, Ontario
I Have Been Good to Me, 2015 Screenprint, monoprint, silica flocking, wood veneer and digital printing in colors, on museum board, with full margins. I. 51 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (130.8 x ...
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2010s Contemporary Mickalene Thomas Art

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Digital, Monoprint, Screen

Hot! Wild! Unrestricted!
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in New York, NY
C-Print 24 x 30 inches
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Early 2000s Mickalene Thomas Art

Interior: Fireplace with Blackbird
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in New York, NY
2016, mixed media collage: screenprint, woodblock, digital print, etching, gold leaf, wood veneer, and flocking, 42 3/8 x 34 1/4 inches (107.6 x 87 cm), edition of 26, signed and num...
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2010s Mickalene Thomas Art

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Gold Leaf

Interior: Blue Couch and Green Owl
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in New York, NY
2016, mixed media collage: screenprint, woodblock, digital print and flocking, 42 3/8 x 34 1/4 inches (107.6 x 87 cm), edition of 26, signed and numbered by the artist Based on coll...
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2010s Mickalene Thomas Art

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Mixed Media, Digital, Screen, Woodcut

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  • Lena Blanket or Throw by Mickalene Thomas
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By Mickalene Thomas
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I Have Been Good to Me, 2015 Screenprint, monoprint, silica flocking, wood veneer and digital printing in colors, on museum board, with full margins. I. 51 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (130.8 x ...
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2010s Contemporary Mickalene Thomas Art

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