Come meet painter William Paul Thomas, artist in residence at the Ruby painting studio! He is a painter, photographer, and videographer who creates pictures as a way to capsulize his broad, ongoing exploration of the human condition. He chooses specific models as a way of recognizing their significance in his life’s path, often drawing on his immediate social network to offer complex representations of people of color. He integrates text and other symbols into the portrait work to narrow the subject matter and complicate the viewer’s understanding of the subject’s identity.
Will’s paintings—some finished, some in-progress—will be on view in the painting studio.
Join us for an opening reception celebrating Dust of the Zulu, an immersive installation incorporating sound, photography, and video that brings twenty-five years of award-winning ethnomusicological fieldwork in South Africa to life.