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Thornton Dial, Sr.: Thoughts on Paper

BATES PERMANENT COLLECTION GALLERY

Nine significant works on paper by the most famous American Southern Vernacular artist, Thornton Dial, Sr., are on display in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Bates Permanent Collection Gallery. While Dial’s large-scale assemblages and sculptures have gained much attention, his drawings and paintings on paper have a particularly unifying style and concentration of subject matter. Most of these works feature women, often with an animal, like a tiger, fish, or bird, and speak to the relationships between men and women. His drawings are lyrical with female forms floating in space, twisting around tigers, executed in bold out-of-the-tube watercolors, or in soft charcoal and pencil lines. In his 2011 book exclusively about Dial’s works on paper, Bernard L. Herman writes that the first quality a viewer perceives when encountering Dial’s drawings, “is movement at once balletic and ballistic, where dance and power coalesce.” Learn more about Thornton Dial's work here.


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