Comfort of Father's Love

Dial, Richard
Gift of James Hager

Thornton Dial’s son Richard took the folk art style of his father in a new direction: furniture. Transforming the functional lawn and patio furniture created by his family’s company–Dial Metal Patterns–into usable art pieces, Dial makes chairs riddled with social commentary and whimsy.

Richard Dial is the son of Thornton Dial who is regarded as the patriarch of a family of accomplished artists including Ronald’s sister Mattie; brother Thornton Jr.; uncle Arthur; and cousin Ronald Lockett.

The Hager collection
b. 1955
welded steel
52 x 24 x 37 inches