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Thornton Dial, January age A self-taught artist, Mr. Dial’s paintings and assemblages fashioned from scavenged materials told the story of black struggle in the South and found their way to the permanent collections of major museums.

Thornton Dial was a self-taught artist whose work from scavenged materials told the story of black struggle in the South.

Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

Thornton Dial, Outsider Artist Whose Work Told of Black Life, Dies at 87 - The New York Times

Thornton Dial, sometimes called Buck Dial, is an Afro-American artist who creates sculptural objects, large assemblages using found objects.

Thornton Dial, sometimes called Buck Dial, is an African American artist who creates sculptural objects, large assemblages using found objects.

#ThorntonDial#BlackArt: How a sharecropper’s son with a third-grade education changed the definition of the word ‘artist’ (Photo by Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio)

How a sharecropper’s son with a third-grade education changed the definition of the word ‘artist’

Artist Thornton Dial in an undated photo taken at his home near Bessemer, Alabama (photo by Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio, courtesy Souls Grown Deep Foundation)

#ThorntonDial’s powerful paintings, drawings, and mixed media sculptures reveal a strong personal vision. A minimally-educated, working class, black man, his creativity and artistic vision are firmly rooted in the experience of the American South." http://rawvision.com/articles/thornton-dial-vernacular-art-and-new-south #outsiderart #RawVision

#ThorntonDial’s powerful paintings, drawings, and mixed media sculptures reveal a strong personal vision. A minimally-educated, working class, black man, his creativity and artistic vision are firmly rooted in the experience of the American South." http://rawvision.com/articles/thornton-dial-vernacular-art-and-new-south #outsiderart #RawVision

Thornton Dial, Freedom Cloth, 2005.Thornton Dial Freedom Cloth, 2005 cloth, coat hangers, steel, wire, artificial plants and flowers, enamel, and spray paint 86 x 68 x 57 Inches Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Frist Center Presents Acclaimed Folk and Self-taught Alabama Artists- Traylor’s works are known for their simply-defined shapes and vibrant compositions in which memories, folk legends and observations on African American life are merged.

"Don't Matter How Raggly The Flag, It Still Got To Tie Us Together," 2003. © Thornton Dial, image by Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio. Collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

How a sharecropper’s son with a third-grade education changed the definition of the word ‘artist’

"Don't Matter How Raggly The Flag, It Still Got To Tie Us Together," © Thornton Dial, image by Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio. Collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Thornton Dial - Out of the Darkness, the Lord Gave us Light - 2003

Thornton Dial, Outsider Artist Whose Work Told of Black Life, Dies at 87

Thornton Dial, Outsider Artist Whose Work Told of Black Life, Dies at 87 - Jan 2016 - Mr. Dial was a self-taught artist whose paintings and assemblages fashioned from scavenged materials found their way to the permanent collections of major museums.

Alabama Artist Thornton Dial, Who Created 'Magisterial ...

Alabama Artist Thornton Dial, Who Created ‘Magisterial Constructions’ Out of Everyday Objects, Dies at Age 87

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