Mickalene Thomas’ art explores the intricate beauty of the woman. The women in her portraits are dazzling, confident, and fabulous. You stare at them and can see the reflection of an individual spirit in the shine, sparkle and color of the canvas. Her large scale, mural size works made with rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel were awing the first time I laid eyes on them in Chelsea a few years ago. I love the detail in the work and the way that several mediums correspond to give us one gorgeous image.
Some of these women appear stern and solemn others sultry and seductive, yet they all have an inner strength that Mickalene captures only the way she can.
She uses photography, landscape, and still life to bring together the final image. Sometimes the mediums are showcased in multiple forms, which would include these lovely studies for mixed media pieces.
“Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires”
If you’ve ever walked by the MoMa you’ve probably seen her piece, “Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires” in the window of The Modern Restaurant on 53rd street, which is also another way for you to get a free glimpse of Mickalene’s work, since the photos don’t really do them justice. Keep up with her upcoming shows and learn more here.