The year 1948 marked Yvonne Thomas’ initial interest in abstraction. Thomas studied with Hans Hofmann, and closely collaborated with Barnett Newman and William Baziotes, but the influences of Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko would prove to be the most profound. Through them, Thomas realized her full potential as a colorist and today is considered one of the most important living Abstract Expressionists.
Tangential Series was created during Thomas’ action oriented period from the 1950s-60s. Here Thomas showcases both her exemplary talent as a colorist and her brilliant understanding of the innate properties of paint.
Thomas’ work is in the permanent collection of the , The National Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Museum of Art and The Riverside Museum, amongst others.