Eugene Healan Thomason, American, (1895-1972).
A long overdue assessment of the artist's career is currently being showcased.
From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason is on view through January 3, 2015 at
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 Tenth St., Augusta, GA 30901. This exhibition will travel to
The Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC February 19 - May 1, 2015
The Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC May 16 - September 13, 2015 and
The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC October 3, 2015 - March 27, 2016.
Eugene Thomason was born in Blacksburg, SC, and studied at The Art Students League and the Grand Central
School of Art in the 1920's. For twelve years he shared a studio with the renowned Ashcan School painter,
George Luks. In the early 1930's, Thomason left New York and moved to the mountains of North Carolina. He
became known as "The Ashcan Artist of Appalachia" for his works produced during these times, which share
stylistic similarities with the works of Thomas Hart Benton, considered the leading interpreter of rural America.
Like other Regionalists, Thomason traveled extensively exploring the back roads and hidden corners of his
native state. In 1932, recognizing the need to establish his own artistic identity, Thomason left New York,
moving first to his father's summer home on Lake James in the mountains of North Carolina, then in 1934 to
Charlotte, where he opened a studio and organized an art school. There, Thomason built a studio and discovered
the subject that would occupy him for the rest of his life---the local landscape and the mountain people, which
he assigned composite characteristics and designated as the "Hankins" family.
The "Hankins" series, composed of The Hankins Family, Tootsie Hankins, Uncle Zeke, R.F.D. Welfare (a depiction
of a "Hankins" matriarch waiting for her welfare check), and various other characters are considered his most
unique and significant works. Painted in bold browns, grays and tans, their expressive faces and elongated forms
evoke the spirit and character of the Appalachian people.
Thomason's paintings' are included in the permanent collections of The Spartanburg Museum,
The Greenville Museum of Art and The Columbia Museum of Art.
"The Rabbit Hankins Family",
Signed lower left and inscribed on the reverse.
This painting was originally sold through the Vincent Price Collection.
Exhibition tags included. Oil on canvas. 24" x 20"
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