Arts Everyday Living: Creative Quotes This Week—Alma Thomas, The Artist of Outer Space

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I have always enjoyed the progressive creativeness of the artist as he releases himself from the past.  He gives new, exciting expressions through experiences from this rapidly changing world of science, economics, religion, society, and new materials…through my impressions of nature and the space program I hoped to impart beauty, joy, love and peace.*

Alma Thomas



Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas, The Eclipse, 1970, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.



African-American artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978) devoted herself to teaching art at a junior high school in Washington, D.C. for some 35 years.  However, once she retired, Thomas focused on her own artistic expressions, creating what she called her “Earth Paintings,” often aerial views of the parks and gardens of the nation’s capital, defined by intricate patterns and luminous colors.  Her “Space” series was inspired by the Apollo moon missions of the late 1960s and early 1970 including works such as Launch Pad, Snoopy—Early Sun Display on Earth and The Eclipse (above).

*Quote of Alma Thomas from A Life in Art: Alma Thomas by Merry A. Foresta, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1981.


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