African American Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas’ Bold Black Beautiful Statements in Public Art

Hank Willis Thomas who works primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture has remained constant in his effort for not only delivering meaningful and  impactful messaging through his work but undoubtably creating change in the public domain and within how we communicate and see ourselves in the world.

He has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad in countless museums, art institutes among other accomplishments.

His latest public art projects include two indelible public installations, the
most recent being UNITY, (2019) a new powerful and permanent  22 foot tall bronze sculpture of an arm with the index finger pointing skyward that stands at the newly constructed intersection of Tillary and Adams Street in Brooklyn N.Y. near the exit from the Brooklyn bridge commissioned by New York City’s Percent for Art program.

The artist   also has a  highly anticipated sculpture set to unveil on Boston Comons in Boston honoring Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King . Thomas entitled it, The Embrace, a stunning  22 ft. tall sculpture that represents the hands of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, evoking images of the couple—and other protesters—arm-in-arm in peaceful marches for civil rights as well as the power of physical togetherness in declaring resistance against injustice.

Some of his collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative transmedia art project that aims to facilitate a dialog between Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds and create a platform for representing and redefining bBack male identity.

In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth)that did a 50 State Tour, and For Freedoms, an artist-run platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United State  Thomas  co-founded as well as other permanent public artwork unveiled  “Love Over Rules” in San Francisco, CA and “All Power to All People” in Opa Locka, FL.

He lives in NYC with his newborn and wife curator Rujeko Hockley, one of the orignial organizers of traveling exhibition We Wanted A Revolution Black Radical Women that exhbited  at Buffalo’s Albright Knox  Art Gallery in 2018.
Thomas currently has his first first comprehensive survey, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, open at the Portland Art Museum.