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Mickalene Thomas Art

American, b. 1971

Although she’s best known for her vibrant and textural collage portraits of Black women, contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas 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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Artist: Mickalene Thomas
Clarivel with Black Blouse and White Ribbon
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand signed, dated and numbered out of 25 by Thomas in pencil on the reverse of the print. The edition is based on a collage of the same name that was featured in the artist's acclai...
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2010s Contemporary Mickalene Thomas Art

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Giclée

When Ends Meet
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Mickalene Thomas (b.1971) is an American artist exploring the intersection of popular culture and art history, through a contemporary Black female gaze. As an openly gay Black woman,...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Mickalene Thomas Art

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Mixed Media, Screen

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

Portrait of a Lovely Six Foota #1
By Mickalene Thomas
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Mickalene Thomas (b.1971) is an American artist exploring the intersection of popular culture and art history, through a contemporary Black female gaze. As an openly gay Black woman,...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Mickalene Thomas Art

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Giclée

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

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

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The High Priestess
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Portrait of Marie Sitting in Black and White
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I Have Been Good To Me
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Mickalene Thomas art for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Mickalene Thomas art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also search for art by Mickalene Thomas in digital print, screen print, inkjet print and more by medium. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Mickalene Thomas art, so small editions measuring 11 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of James Rieck, Janet Fish and Vija Celmins. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $530 and tops out at $17,400 while the average work can sell for $9,000.

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