(1926 – 2015 Milwaukee, WI)
Arthur Thrall was born in 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and remained there for much of his life as an artist and teacher. After serving in WWII, was able, through the GI Bill, to attend the Milwaukee State Teachers College to receive a bachelor’s degree and the University of Illinois – Urbana to receive a master’s degree.
With this preparation, Thrall taught at a variety of institutions including the junior high school of Kenosha, State University New York – Geneseo, Milwaukee – Downer College, and at Lawrence University as the Ferrar-Marrs Chair of Fine Arts for 26 years until his retirement in 1990. He was also a visiting artist and teacher at UW-Madison and internationally in London at the Morley College and University College and also in Helsinki, Finland at the Artist’s Union.
Thrall experimented with various media and style throughout his professional career. Early, he focused on figures in his paintings and prints while in the 60s, he turned toward abstraction. During the 70s and 80s, he was inspired by calligra...