Artist of the moment……Dox Thrash

Dox Thrash was an African American artist born in Griffen, Georgia in the year 1893. The artist had 3 other siblings. The artist left home at the age of 15 years old. This was called the great migration, many african americans went north looking for more freedom and job opportunity. His subjects including the struggle of people of color in the country and landscapes. Thrash also was a follower of the advice of renown civil rights activist Frederick Douglas, who told African Americans black is beautiful. Be proud of your heritage.

His first job was working in a Vaudeville act. Thrash then headed for Chicago and found work as an elevator operator. From this job he saved money and began to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Night.

The artist was a participant in World War 1.

After college and the war Thrash found himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, became a janitor, and continued to work on improving his art. A big break came when his design won a contest and became the poster for the second annual negro music festival. This brought nationally attention.

His most prolific and productive time was during the 1920s and 1930s.

Dox Thrash was also part of the Federal Art Project.

Thrash was also a wonderful printmaker and developed his own process of using a mezzotint. This process was called the carborundum print. These are the most famous and celebrated works of Dox Thrash.

Dox Thrash passed away in 1965.

price range information: The artist worked mainly in watercolor and producing mezzotints using his own process. Works range from $2,000 to $14,000.


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