Self-taught painter and sculptor Thornton Dial died on Saturday 30 January 2016 in his home in McCalla, Alabama.
Born in 1928 and a native of Alabama, Thornton Dial gained renown for his wall reliefs combining painting and sculpture. His work is sometimes compared to that of Jackson Pollock or Anselm Kiefer. His painting-sculptures consist of a blend of unusual and eclectic materials such as fencing, cow bones, pottery fragments, giving a raw look to his work.
Crossed by Afro-American history, his body of work is inseparable from his life and weaves in many personal elements.