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Thomasos: Metropolis Mug


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14oz Mug.

Denyse Thomasos. Metropolis, 2007. Acrylic, charcoal, porous-point marker on canvas, unframed: 214 x 335.6 x 3.5 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased with the assistance of the Toronto International Art Fair 2007 Opening Night Preview, and with the Financial Support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 2008. © Denyse Thomasos Estate and Olga Korper Gallery. 2007/241

Trinidadian-Canadian painter, Denyse Thomasos (1964-2012), is one of Canada's finest painters to emerge in the 1990's.

Challenging the limits of abstraction, she infused personal and political content into the medium of painting through the deployment of a sophisticated formalist vocabulary. At a time when many of her peers were addressing issues such as histories of violence, power, and systemic oppression, the artist was able to utilize a traditional medium in an innovative manner. With pattern, scale and repetition, Thomasos conveyed the vastness of events such as the transatlantic slave trade and the mass incarceration that is a by-product of the prison industrial complex without exploiting the images of those who were most affected by these occurrences.


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