Alabama-based artist Thornton Dial died Monday. He was 87 years old.
For Paul Arnett, Thornton Dial wasn’t just an artist, he was a personal hero.
Arnett is acting director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which is dedicated to documenting the work of self-taught African-American artists. His father, William Arnett, is known for bringing the works of these artists, notably the quilters of Gee’s Bend, to the wider art world. William Arnett was introduced to Dial and his work in 1987.