March 3, 2023
Thornton Dial suffered a massive stroke and lost a great deal of fine motor control as a result. Although he never drew again after that event, he continued to make art, developing and refining his practice throughout the rest of his life. His son, artist Richard Dial, worked with his family to care for his father and witnessed how Thornton Dial’s creativity and drive to create remained strong despite his health challenges.
Jakob Dwight was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor at the age of 12. After a successful surgery, Dwight had to relearn some of life’s most basic daily activities. He turned to digital methods and artmaking to overcome his new obstacles. The artist returned to analog methods of creation within the last two years, producing a series of paintings inspired by and adapted from his own digital creations.
This program, moderated by exhibition curator Paul Barrett, will focus on how these two Alabama artists worked through their respective health crises and went on to create some of their most poignant works.
The talk is free and registration is required.
Featured image: Thornton Dial, Sr. American, 1928 – 2016, Counting Birds, n.d., Mixed media on paper, 39 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches, Estate of Thornton Dial,© Estate ofThornton Dial/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This project has been made possible by grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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