(1928 - 2016)
Thornton (Buck) Dial was active/lived in Alabama. Thornton Dial is known for folk art rural genre landscape-painting, sculpture.
Biography Thornton Dial
A folk artist who does paintings, assemblage and sculpture, Thornton
Dial, Sr., known as Buck, spent his life in Alabama, where he married,
had three sons and two daughters and lived in Bessemer. He was
the "patriarch" of a clan of noted folk artists including his son,
Thornton Dial Jr., known as "Little Buck", and Richard Dial.
His art emanates from his concerns about racial and male/female
relationships in America, with assemblages representing "what makes up
the world as he sees it" (Rosenak, 102) and expresses his feelings about
conflict and harmony and the importance of community. His work
reflects his special concern about the struggle of blacks in
Of his expression,
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