This Untitled watercolor from Alma Thomas’s Space Series, circa 1969-72, is featured in our October 9 auction.
Alma Woodsey Thomas, abstract painter and art educator, was born on this date in 1891 in Columbus, Georgia–today would have been her 113th birthday.
In 1960, Thomas retired from Shaw Junior High School in Washington, DC after 35 years as a teacher, and began a full-time career as an artist. By 1972 she had received national acclaim with her one-person exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a first for an African-American woman.
Today we recognize in her bold colors and brush strokes a keen sense of the beauty of abstraction found in nature. Thomas found inspiration close to her Washington DC home–from the azalea blossoms in her garden to the Apollo landings broadcast on television.