Death of Thornton Dial (1928 – 2016) 

 McCalla  |  6 February 2016  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

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.

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