Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art

Brandon Thompson



Brandon Thompson








My practice consists of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. I produce acrylic and oil paintings, also clay sculptures. My work is inspired by the neighborhoods and culture I grew up in -that being the South Dallas county area, and the lifestyles of those neighborhoods. Taking references from the fashion and hairstyles, slang, music, heroes, and everyday events, then reimagining them into colorful paintings and sculptures. Some of my references come from biblical stories, inside jokes, African-American history and literature. My goal is to create visual stories from my perspective in a way that can be identified by those within my culture. Also to change the negative connotation that may be associated by some people that see the culture (slang, sagging pants, rap music) from the outside. I found through art I can clearly bring light to things I loved and considered very important parts of my life that has made me into the person I am today.

Ladonna and Child


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Brandon Thompson is self taught artist, based in Cedar Hill, TX, who creates colorful paintings and clay sculptures. He began painting in 2017 as a way to get away from his digital work from studying visual communication at the University of Texas at Arlington and found the medium the most effective. His work is inspired by African-American culture, neighborhoods of the American South, music and his own personal life.