I came across this artist and absolutely fell in love with his talent! There is a gallery in New York that represents Thortnon ,one of the most important artists
who is a product of the Old South, but whose distinct assemblages of paint and
found objects helped define modern artistic sensibilities. Born and raised in Alabama with no
formal education or artistic training. Thornton Dial was born in 1928 and is very much part of the
Southern Vernacular tradition.
A lot of Dial’s sculptures and assemblages often contain objects that might otherwise
have ended up in a landfill, like paint can lids, chicken wire, twine, old clothing, buttons and mattress coils.
Dial’s work began to attract art-world attention in the 1980s. In 1993, it was the subject of a large exhibition that was presented simultaneously at the New Museum in the Whitney Biennial.
There is a huge exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art called “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” and I can honestly say I have not yet been to Indianapolis and am excited to go!