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By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976, Plainfield, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)
Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist, and we hung his "Plate" in our home this week. Working in photography, sculpture, mixed media, and video, his works are in public and private collections around the world. We are slightly newer fans because of his 2018 "For Freedoms" photo series, and we just saw his "Raise Up" sculpture at Alabama's lynching memorial. Thomas' first comprehensive survey, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… opens on October 12 at the Portland Art Museum, and that's why Hank Willis Thomas is our artist of the week.
Plate, 2019 Dye sublimation print on ceramic plate 10 3/4 in diameter 27.3 cm diameter This is part of a limited edition set.
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Hank Willis Thomas's "I Am A Man" (2009); Paintings, Liquitex on canvas; Installed: 55 ½ x 228 x 2 1/4 inches; Per Panel: 25 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches
Hank Willis Thomas, “Raise Up,” on the grounds of the Memorial for Peace and Justice. Inspired by a 1960s photograph by Ernest Cole of South African miners, it suggests police suspects lined up at gunpoint.
Hank Willis Thomas (American, 1976–) and Emily Shur (American), Freedom of Worship, 2018. While Norman Rockwell’s illustration of the same name contains specific representations of Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism, this reinterpretation goes even further to include Islam, Native American spirituality, and Sikhism.
Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976). We The People, 2015. Quilt made out of decommissioned prison uniforms. 73 1/4 x 88 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art.

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