Thornton Dial, "Shadows of the Field," 2008, String, twine, synthetic cotton batting, wood, burlap, sheet metal, cloth rags, nails, staples, and enamel on canvas on wood, 79 x 105 x 5 inches, 200.7 x 266.7 x 12.7 cm, TD105

Thornton Dial, installation view, “History Refused to Die Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “History Refused to Die Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “History Refused to Die Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “History Refused to Die Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “History Refused to Die Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Installation view, Thornton Dial, Frieze Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

Installation view, Thornton Dial, “Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection,” curated by Catherine Morris and Carmen Hermo, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2020

Installation view, Thornton Dial, “Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection,” curated by Catherine Morris and Carmen Hermo, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2020

Installation view, Thornton Dial, “African American Art in the 20th Century,” curated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA, 2020

Thornton Dial and Lucy Dodd, Frieze, London, UK, 2019

Installation view, Thornton Dial, Art Basel | Feature, Basel, Switzerland, 2019Installation view, Thornton Dial, Art Basel | Feature, Basel, Switzerland, 2019

Thornton Dial, “If the Tiger Knew He'd Be the Star of the Circus, He Wouldn't Have Hid So Long in the Jungle,” 1989, Enamel, rope carpet, industrial sealing compound, and oil paint on wood, 48 7/8 x 120 1/2 x 2 inches, 124.1 x, 306.1 x 5.1 cm, TD108

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Artists I Steal From,” curated by Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK, 2019

Thornton Dial, installation view, “The Assassination of Leon Trotsky,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018, “Rising Water/Signs of Hope,” 2011, Tin, wood, wire, fabric, leather, artificial plants, and oil on canvas, 71 x 86 x 10 inches, 180.3 x 218.4 x 25.4 cm, TD082

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Mr. Dial's America,” David Lewis, New York, NY, 2018

Thornton Dial, “Setting the Table”, 2003, Shoes, gloves, bedding, beaded car-seat cover, cloth carpet, artificial flowers, crushed paint cans, found metal, frying pan, cooking utensils, chain, wood, Splash Zone compound, oil, and enamel on canvas on wood, 75 x 74.5 x 8 inches, 190.5 x 189.2 x 20.3 cm, TD038

Thornton Dial, “Art and Nature”, 2011, Ceramic vases, wood, paint cans, tin, metal, and enamel on canvas on wood, 95 1/2 x 71 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 242.6 x 181.6 x 14 cm, TD074

Thornton Dial, “The Top of the World”, 1998, Metal, fabrics, paint can lids, rope, nails, industrial sealing compound, 78 x 50 x 47 inches, 198.1 x 127 x 119.4 cm, TD001

Thornton Dial, “Two Coats”, 2003, Bedding, coats, found metal, oil, enamel, and spray paint on canvas, 81 x 71 x 9 inches, 205.7 x 180.3 x 22.9 cm, TD019

Thornton Dial, “Ground Zero: Decorating the Eye”, 2002, Clothing, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood, 76.5 x 108 x 4 inches 194.3 x 274.3 x 10.2 cm, TD017

Thornton Dial, “Black Walk”, 2003, Tin, clothing, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood, 64 x 96 x 6 inches, 162.6 x 243.8 x 15.2 cm, TD033

Thornton Dial, “Lady Know How to Hold the Jungle Cat”, 1990, Oil, rope carpet, wood, plastic film canisters, and industrial sealing compound on canvas mounted on wood, 69.5 x 90/5 x 4 inches, 176.5 x 45.7 x 10.2 cm, TD031

Thornton Dial, “The Color of Money: The Jungle of Justice”, 1996, Fabric, shoe, gloves, jigsaw puzzle pieces, artificial flowers and plants, dolls, stuffed animals, rope carpet, toys, cotton, found metal, other found materials, oil, enamel, spray paint, industrial sealing compound, on canvas mounted on wood, 77 x 86 x 12 inches, 195.6 x 218.4 x 30.5 cm, TD015

Thornton Dial, "Louisiana," 2011 71 1/4 x 70 1/2 x 8 inches, 181 x 179.1 x 20.3 cm, TD089

Thornton Dial, “Interior Decoration (Scratching and Wrapping),” 1999, Steel mesh, wire, nails, enamel, cloth, spray paint, and oil on canvas, 48 x 48 x 3 1/2 inches, 121.9 x 121.9 x 8.9 cm, TD087

Thornton Dial, “The Clouds at Ground Level,” 2003, Plastic bottles, machine parts, roots, found metal, clothing, plastic twine, wire, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood, 65 x 84 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, 165.1 x 214.6 x 24.1 cm, TD103

Thornton Dial, “Changes of Day,” 2006, Mixed media on canvas on wood, 68 x 68 x 5 inches, 172.7 x 172.7 x 12.7 cm, TD104

Thornton Dial, “Cows of Japan,” 2011, 79 1/2 x 57 x 9 1/2 inches, 201.9 x 144.8 x 24.1 cm, TD088

Thornton Dial, “Walking Around the World, 2001, Rope carpet, clothing, bedding, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 73 x 73 x 4 inches, 185.4 x 185.4 x 10.2 cm, TD079, Princeton collection

Thornton Dial, “Struggling Garden,” 2012, Wood, metal, fabric, plastic flowers, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 48 x 48 x 4 inches, 121.9 x 121.9 x 10.2 cm, TD075

Thornton Dial, "Nuclear Condition", Tin, wood, pottery, and oil on canvas, 72 x 90 x 9 inches, 182.9 x 228.6 x 22.9 cm, TD081

Thornton Dial, “Purple Rain,” 1995, Fabric, tin, oil, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood, 74 x 34 x 7 inches, 188 x 86.4 x 17.8 cm, TD078

Thornton Dial, “American Artist,” 2012, Wire, metal, rope, fabric, paint brushes, and oil on canvas, 48 x 36 x 5 inches, 121.9 x 91.4 x 12.7 cm, TD008

Thornton Dial, installation view, “Thornton Dial in the 21st Century,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 2005

Thornton Dial, “Coming Up with the Sun,” 2012, Tin, artificial flowers, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 42 1/2 x, 36 1/2 x 8 inches, 108 x 92.7 x 20.3 cm, TD009

Thornton Dial, “Gate to the Wall,” 2012, Tin, wood, wire, cloth, artificial plant, and spray paint on wood, 37 3/4 x 48 x 9 inches, 95.9 x 121.9 x 22.9 cm, TD110

Thornton Dial, “Alone in the Jungle: One Man Sees the Tiger Cat”, 1988, Enamel, rope carpet and industrial sealing compound on wood, 48 x 96 inches, 121.9 x 243.8 cm, TD045

Thornton Dial, “The Big Black Bowl of Life”, 1993, Oil, enamel on canvas mounted on wood, 65 x 65 inches, 165.1 x 165.1 cm, TD003

Thornton Dial, “Picking Up the Pieces”, 2002, Clothing, carpet, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 95 x 61 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, 241.3 x 156.2 x 6.4 cm, TD004

Thornton Dial, “Understanding the Shadows”, 2013, Wood, metal and mesh with yellow, orchid, gray, blue and pink spray paint, 36 x 48 inches, 91.4 x 121.9 cm, TD042

Thornton Dial, “Coming Through the Trees”, 1992, Watercolor on paper, 30 1/4 x 22 inches, 76.8 x 55.9 cm, TD047

Thornton Dial, “Life Go On”, n/d, Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 1/4 inches, 76.2 x 56.5 cm, TD052

Thornton Dial, “People Will Reach Back for a Friend”, Watercolor on paper, 29 3/5 x 22 1/4 inches, 75.2 x 56.5 cm, TD064

Thornton Dial

Born 1928, Emelle, AL
Deceased 2016, McCalla, AL

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