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William Paul Thomas was born in Chicago, IL and now lives and works in Durham, NC. He earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
William explains the work by saying, “I paint representations of disembodied heads of people in my social circle and sometimes scrawl text directly over their likenesses. That text is often tinged with dry humor, at times it is politically incorrect, and is regularly derived from the spoken vernacular of the communities I have lived in. My overarching goal is to share with diverse audiences what I see as worthwhile subject matter. That might include religious symbolism or popular slang. I make pictures to document select parts of my life.”
In 2016 William was awarded the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant
Hi work can be found in the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, Raleigh Municipal Art Collection, The Brodhead Center collection among others.