Annin Arts are proud to present Mickalene Thomas who will exhibit publicly in London. Thomas will show with Annin Arts from the 4th of July through 17th July 2016 on billboard
8171, London Bridge.
Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey) is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel, colorful acrylics and her photography. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.
Thomas earned her MFA at the Yale University School of Art in 2002. From 2000 to 2003, the artist participated in a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and in 2011, a residency at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France. Thomas has been included in numerous important solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012-2013) and Santa Monica Museum of Art (2012); Mickalene Thomas, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2012); Mama Bush: One of a Kind Two, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2011); 30 Americans, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. (2011); American Now, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (2010); and Something You Can Feel, La Conservera Contemporary Art Centre, Ceuti, Spain (2009). Thomas’s work is part of significant public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute of Chicago, and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, among others.
She has been awarded multiple prizes and grants, including the Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award (2012), Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts (2010), Joan Mitchell Grant and Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award (both 2009), and Rema Hort Mann Grant (2007).
The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.