Thomas Slaughter (1955 – 2014), was an artist, designer, and illustrator who lived and worked in New York City. Discovered by Henry Geldzahler in the 1980’s, Slaughter had more than 30 solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Vancouver, Germany and Japan. He worked as a printmaker in collaboration with Durham Press for 25 years, and his editions are included in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He illustrated twelve children’s books, which have been translated into six languages. Slaughter also worked for the last ten seasons as the Art Director for the New Victory Theater. As a designer, he created everything from t-shirts to skateboard decks, beach towels as well as a line of wallpaper for Cavern Home. Slaughter served on the board of directors of MoMA PS1, the Public Theater, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. As a director of the Goldsmith Foundation, Slaughter was instrumental in the Foundation’s support of numerous art and theater organizations including The Drawing Center, Naked Angels, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Slaughter will be remembered as a consummate New Yorker, a vivid institution in his SoHo community.
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