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My collage of shapes cut from works of Alma Woodsey Thomas.

Rock Around the Clock
Rock Around the Clock
Mixed Media, Framed
8" x 8"

Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978) was an art educator and Abstract Expressionist who allowed no barriers to inhibit her creative process and art career, including her identity as a black woman.

Among several of Thomas’ works exhibited in the White House during the Obama presidency was a variation on Matisse’s The Snail which she named Watusi (Hard Edge) after a Chubby Checker song. Thomas developed her signature style—large, abstract paintings filled with dense, irregular patterns of bright colors—in her 70s.