Please join us for a special lecture with artist William Paul Thomas. Thomas’s exhibition, Disrupting Homogeny, is located in the Vault Gallery and will be on view until Summer 2019.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
William Paul Thomas is a painter, photographer, and videographer who creates artworks as a way to capsulize his broad, ongoing exploration of the human condition. He chooses specific models as a way of recognizing their significance in his life’s path, often drawing on his immediate social network to offer complex representations of people of color. He combines text and abstract symbolism with figurative representations to narrow the subject matter and complicate the subject’s identity.
In 2016, the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant helped fund the production of Thomas’s multimedia portrait project Mood Swings, three paintings of which were included in the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Thomas was the Artist in Residence at the Durham Art Guild’s Golden Belt Artist Studios, as well as, Duke University’s Power Plant Gallery.
In 2017-2018, Thomas was the Brock Family Visiting Instructor in Studio Arts at Duke University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is an artist in residence at Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center until March 2019.
Image: William Paul Thomas (American), Dyadic Perspectives (still), 2019. Video.