Mickalene Thomas

About Artist: Mickalene Thomas (born 1971) is an African-American feminist, socio-political artist known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. She draws from art history and pop culture, particularly from the 1970s.Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. She presents a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Thomas’s work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portrait painting, landscape painting and still life. Inspired by sources ranging from the Hudson River School to Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she explores notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective influenced by popular culture and Pop art.

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