One of the finest painters to emerge in the 1990s, the late Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos (1964-2012) left an indelible, yet frequently overlooked, mark on contemporary painting. A career retrospective, Denyse Thomasos; just beyond, brings together more than 70 paintings, many rarely seen, to show how she challenged the limits of abstraction, infusing personal and political content onto her canvases through the innovative use of formalist techniques. Through pattern, scale and repetition, Thomasos conveys the vastness of events such as the transatlantic slave trade without exploiting the images of those who were most affected.
Organized chronologically, the exhibition features sections devoted to the artist’s primary areas of research, illustrated with major works on loan from museums and private collections in Toronto, Montreal and New York City. Working closely with her family and dealer, curators are supplementing the exhibition with sketches, photographs and newly uncovered documentary footage of Thomasos working in her studio. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by AGO and D.A.P, and co-edited by exhibition curators Renée van der Avoird, Assistant Curator, Canadian Art, AGO; Sally Frater, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Guelph; and Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Remai Modern.
This exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Remai Modern, Saskatoon.