Mickalene Thomas Creates Masterpieces with Geometric Cutouts

By: Jana Pijak - Jun 30, 2014
References: mickalenethomas & frameweb
Entitled "Tête de Femme", this image series by Mickalene Thomas pays homage to the cubism art movement. Channeling art greats like Picasso and Braque, the painter creates a series of abstract collages that deconstruct human face images.

The artist's vivid works explore the many facets of female beauty and reference representations of the female form throughout art history.

Mickalene Thomas’ new show at Lehmann Maupin in New York presents contemporary abstractions on the female face. Mixing vivid pigments with glittering and metallic textures, the artist embellishes her pieces with rhinestones and glitter to mimic cosmetics and face paint.

The artist creates her masterpieces with the use of various geometric cutouts that are fragmented, painted with an oil medium and then joined together to create a greater composition.