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Thomasos: Arc Mug


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14oz mug.

Denyse Thomasos. Arc, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, overall: 335.3 x 609.6 cm. Art Gallery ofOntario. © Denyse Thomasos Estate and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Michael Cullen. 2021/241.

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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