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Earnest Thomas

Earnest Daniel Thomas was born in Texas and attended Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas where he received the Electrical Engineering degree. Earnest worked for the Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington in various engineering assignments and had the distinction of being the principal engineer responsible for the first ever Boeing aircraft noise certification effort. His Boeing career also included leadership positions in Human Relations and Program Management.

Earnest has a strong interest in art and architecture and has satisfied this interest by collecting ethnic art from across the world. The vast majority of his collection, however, comes from the continent of Africa. His interest in old African trade beads and a challenge from his wife inspired him to start designing and making jewelry utilizing the old trade beads, an activity he continues to date. Earnest combines his engineering, industrial design and natural artistic sense, with the experience gained from designing jewelry, to create his 2D and 3D paintings. His works show passion and have both industrial and sculptural flair. He typically uses texture, color and shadow to play together in his images. His artwork ranges from organic to modern architectural in nature while utilizing a mixture of materials repurposed from our society of surplus.

Earnest is also president of Onyx Fine Arts Collective and manager of Gallery Onyx in the heart of downtown Seattle. Both are non-profit organizations whose mission, in part, is to challenge the perception of "black art" by showcasing visual artwork of artists of African ancestry created in a wide variety of mediums and featuring subjects which represent a wide spectra of the Afrocentric experience. Onyx seeks to add to the rich cultural diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest by celebrating commonalities and differences through visual art.

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EARNEST THOMAS: Turbulent Times

EARNEST THOMAS: Turbulent Times

Acrylic, canvas, aluminum, copper. Dimensions: 24" tall x 96" wide.

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