After the Burn

Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial (1928- ) was born in Emelle, AL, one of twelve children. Dial worked primarily as a manufacturer of Rail cars at the Pullman Company for most of his life. Dial lived in Bessemer, Alabama for most of his life, starting at the age of 10 when he moved from Emelle with half-brother Arthur to live with a relative. He married Clara Mae Murrow in 1951 and they had five children. After his retirement, he began producing art. In the 1980s his work began to be sought out, and he has since had extensive exhibitions of his work, including the Whitney Biennial and a retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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