Antoinette Thomas is a Brooklyn based artist that specializes in a technique called pyrography, also known as wood burning. Thomas focuses on creating portraits primarily of Black people. Each portrait uses parts of wood burning for textures like hair or skin, and the rest is painted.
For the artist, being able to experience representation of Black people outside of a lens of oppression and strife, is imperative. Thomas builds her work around the ideas of feeling for home, dreams and a sense of vulnerability. Many of the subjects seem to be in their own world, deep in thought, or resting.
E X H I B I T I O N S
I am Black Not Dangerous Pop-Up Show, New York, NY. December 2018
I am Black Not Dangerous, The Living Gallery Outpost, New York, NY. August 2018
Negritude - The Complexity of the Black Identity, Arts East New York, Brooklyn, NY. May-June 2018
Brooklyn College Gallery BFA Show May 2015
Bare Witness Exhibit, Bushwick, NY May 2014
E D U C A T I O N
Brooklyn College BFA 2016
A W A R D S
Charles G. Shaw Award January 2015
R E S I D E N C I E S
Arts East New York ReNew Lots Van Lier Fellowship August 2018 - August 2019
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