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Khalif Tahir Thompson

Khalif Tahir Thompson - Publisher Skira - Ouvrage relié - 160 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2023

This book is the first monograph by prodigy Khalif Tahir Thompson, whose work is already housed in several prestigious institutions. Inspired by family snapshots taken by his grandmother, Betty L. Thompson, the artist creates multicolored patchworks that unfold around Black figures captured amid colorful everyday interiors.

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Model 9782370742308
Artist Khalif Tahir Thompson
Author Denise Wendel-Poray, Katie O'hara, Stephanie Fox Knappe, Maritza Lacayo
Publisher Skira
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 160
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 305 x 240
Published 2023

Khalif Tahir Thompson is an African-American painter who has just graduated from The Yale School of Art. His work is populated by black figures set in colourful, shimmering environments that sometimes resemble patchworks verging on abstraction. Yet each of his works seems rooted in reality.

The artist manages to imbue his figures with a genuine psychological identity, revealing a meticulous study of the human being. In this way, he reveals himself to be an outstanding portraitist. In his groups of figures, some are posed, while others are taken on the spot, without paying any attention to the painter. All of which adds to the feeling of immediacy of an artist in love with reality.

Elsewhere, Khalif Tahir Thompson likes to depict isolated figures dozing in an atmosphere of serenity, despite the obvious vulnerability of his characters.

The artist's works are also filled with mysterious letters and numbers. These multiple signs echo the diversity of materials used by the artist.

Painting in oils and acrylics, the artist creates his own papers, which he then applies to the canvas. He likes to mix pearls, fabric, velvet, newspaper and leather to create wonderful material effects.

This is the first reference monograph on the practice of this very young painter whose work is already prolific.

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