I’m a Fan of…..Denyse Thomasos

….thanks to Jez for hosting I’m a fan of….. https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2023/01/23/mallards-fan-of-192/

Denyse Thomasos was a Trinidadian-Canadian painter known for her abstract-style wall murals that conveyed themes of slavery, confinement and the story of African and Asian Diaspora. Sadly she died tragically in 2012. The first time I saw her work was at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, an art museum in Kleinburg, Ontario. I instantly liked her work and looked forward to seeing her show at the AGO.

The show is title: Denyse Thomasos, just beyond. It brings together more than 70 paintings and works on paper that she produced spanning the last 15 years of her short life. The first thing I noticed at this showing was the size of her canvases. They were large and some of them went from the floor to the ceiling.

This is a life size photo of Denyse working on one of her huge pieces that greets you as you enter the show

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge – Week 3 of 2023

thanks to Xingfu Mama for hosting Pull Up a Seat https://xingfumama.blog/2023/01/20/pull-up-a-seat-photo-challenge-2023-week-3/

A great way to explore the finer details of such a large painting.


The painting is by Denyse Thomasos at the AGO where the entire 5th floor is dedicated to her huge collection of art that she made in her short life. The show is called Just Beyond and runs till February.

Lines in Art – October Square

….thanks to Becky B for hosting https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/10/06/past-squares-6/

This month Becky is opening up October Square to any of the themes from the last four years. Today I’m choosing lines. On my recent trip to the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg I was introduced to an artist that is new to me. Her name is Denyse Thomasos (1964–2012). She was a Trinidadian-Canadian artist whose epic paintings incorporate imagery from a range of sources, including Caribbean textiles, historic slave ships, industrial shipyards, graveyards, villages and maximum security prisons.