James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas (1926 - 1993) | Head with Smeared Red Paint

A strong and compelling work by James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas with the red paint smears being the result of Thomas, with paint-soaked hands, picking the head up and leaving his handprints upon its’ face. The sculpture’s bald head is boldly signed “In Leland [Mississippi] James Thomas 1984.”

James 'Son Ford' Thomas was a remarkable American folk artist known for his distinctive and deeply personal approach to art. Born in 1929 in Mississippi, Thomas spent much of his life working as a laborer before discovering his passion for creating art in his later years. His art was deeply rooted in his African American heritage and his experiences growing up in the American South. Thomas primarily worked with "gumbo" clay which is unfired and was sourced locally in Leland, Mississippi. His work reflected his unique perspective on life, spirituality, and the human condition. His work often featured references to the blues music that he was also known for. Thomas was included in the seminal exhibit, Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, January 15, 1982 - May 15, 1983, and his work is part of numerous private and public museum collections.

Provenance: Private Collection, NYC


Condition: Excellent.

Price: $3,800.00