Born in Jamaica in 1922, Russ Thompson moved to New York City to study photography in the 1940s. He studied at the Carlyle College in Jamaica and continued his studies at the New York School of Modern Photography and the Pratt Institute. His art style involves collages of painting, prints, and found objects. In Selma Accumulation Thompson merges images from a violent moment in American history with what he described as “the fictive violence of art.” Thompson believes the meaning of a work is more important to him than the technique:
The printmaking process for me is secondary to finding a way to use people, forms and symbols that will give meaning and purpose to me work.” – Russ Thompson, 1981.
Title: Selma Accumulation
Artist: Russ Thompson (b. 1922)
Medium: photo lithograph
Dimensions: 20 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches
Accession Number: H77.72
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