Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Thomas Sills: Variegations, Paintings from the 1950s - 70s, accompanied by a digital catalog and online viewing room.
The gallery also announces exclusive representation of the Estate of Thomas Sills.
Thomas Sills (1914 - 2000) was a significant African-American artist who created a major body of abstract paintings that respond to process, natural phenomena and forces. The paintings, which have a delicate and unusual palette, synthesize the figure/ground relationship with optical equivalencies between colors, and free-flowing, outwardly-radiating patterns.
Sills, who grew up in Castalia, North Carolina in a large family, was not exposed to art or art-making in his youth or young adulthood. He began to paint – almost clandestinely – in his late 30s, and went on to be the subject of four well-received solo shows at Betty Parsons between 1955 and 1961. His work was also acquired by a long roster of significant museums across the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Publisher: Eric Firestone Press
Title: Thomas Sills: Variegations, Paintings from the 1950s-70s
Contributors: Jennifer Samet
Publication Date: February 2022
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in