Oscar Thomas – A Research Sabbatical
Tasha Thomas-Straughter has embarked upon a research sabbatical with the purpose of honoring and spreading awareness for Miami visual artist Oscar Thomas’ works and legacy.
He joined Bradford Bulls in 2015, but moved to London Skolars on loan for 2016. During that season he made six official appearances, scoring one try and converting five conversions.
Early Life and Education
Oscar Thomas took great delight in painting as a child and won several competitions. He attended Roland Park Country School before going on to Baltimore City College and Johns Hopkins University for further study.
At 19 years old, he moved to New York and found work with Chock full o’Nuts. A hardworking individual, he would do whatever was necessary for the wellbeing of his family.
He leaves behind his wife Marilyn; daughters Denise and Kelvin; brother Eddie; two grandsons Darnell and Christian Lee; his special friend Nikki Foster as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In his free time he served Unity Bible Baptist Church as Deacon and Evangelism Committee Chairman; in these capacities he loved spending time with family as well as glorifying God through serving. We shall miss him.
Oscar Thomas is an internationally acclaimed self-taught, master visual artist. Beginning his career at 15 in Limon, Costa Rica as a commercial billboard artist and later moving to Miami where he became active in the local art scene while specializing in depicting black icons, Thomas has since earned international renown as an artist and visual explorer.
Thomas made his Super League debut for London Broncos against St Helens in 2014 as fullback, before transitioning into Championship play for London Skolars and Bradford Bulls before signing with Sheffield Eagles for 2016.
He made appearances for Championship Shield clubs from Swinton Lions (Game 3) through Batley Bulldogs (Round 6), including Workington Town, Oldham Roughyeds and Leigh Centurions as well as appearing in their fourth Round match against Dewsbury Rams in the Challenge Cup 4th Round matchup.
Achievement and Honors
Oscar Thomas was an award-winning author and artist whose works can be found throughout local and national art galleries and libraries. In 2014, The Story of Oscar Thomas received the National Author’s Guild Literary Excellence Award.
He has played with the Scottish Rugby Union since 2013, making nine official appearances and scoring four tries during that time. Additionally, he has kicked three goals while contributing two assist goals as part of Scotland.
His mother and father are his greatest influences; both are deceased and interred at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Twiggs County, Georgia. Additionally, Shanonda Scott-Ray and Melvin Scott Jr are his granddaughters as well as numerous family and friends he treasures dearly. To honor their legacy of service to education, youth development, and the arts respectively a scholarship bears their names – The Dr. Earl and Eursla Wells Scholarship Program is named in their memory.
Oscar Thomas was a religious and family-focused individual who took great pleasure in history and music. Travel was his favorite pastime and visiting museums was among his favourite things to do; additionally he worked as a self-taught visual artist producing billboard artwork as his profession.
Throughout his lifetime, he served as a pillar of the community and an inspiration to many. His artwork was showcased at various galleries around town. Additionally, his dedication was focused on uplifted the black iconography within it as he appreciated representational issues.
Tasha, his daughter, strives to carry forward his legacy and work. Through a research sabbatical she hopes to draw attention to his art and help it reach a wider audience.
Thomas is an accomplished actor, appearing in several made-for-TV movies. He is best known for his portrayal of Detective Ricardo Tubbs on Miami Vice – for which he earned both a People’s Choice Award and Golden Globe nomination – but has also made other roles and advertisements appearances.
As a freshman in 2018, Thomas began all 15 games and recorded 43 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks – earning him Freshman All-America honors from various outlets.
Thomas has collaborated on a music project with Jamaican fitness instructor Sandi Morais and created songs for her workout videos. Currently residing in South Florida with his wife and daughter, Thomas is an avid football fan who supports Carolina Panthers.