The Proposition Gallery is pleased to present Brawling Spitfire, a solo exhibition of New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas at Dust Gallery in Las Vegas. This exhibition is comprised of new paintings (in her signature style of acrylic paint, enamel and rhinestones), drawings and photographs reminiscent of 70’s style Blaxploitation.

    The Brawling Spitfire series depicts the artist wrestling with what could be perceived as her-self while exploring issues of black identity, power, and femininity. The work has been visibly inspired by the artist’s appreciation of the painters Henri Rousseau (Jungle costumes) and Francis Bacon (Contortion of figures). This is the first time in which the artist’s own image has been central to an entire series of erotic and romanticized work.

    Born and raised in New Jersey, Mickalene Thomas earned her MFA from Yale University, and holds a BFA from Pratt Institute. In 2002-2003 she participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work has been included in many prominent group exhibitions including “Glory, Glamour & Gold” at The Proposition, NYC, “Hands on Hands Down” and “Frequency” at the Studio Museum, “Greater New York” 2005 at P.S. 1/MoMa, “Wild Girls” at Exit Art, New York, NY, and “Do You Think I’m Disco” at Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY