Born in 1944, Thomas Eloby was born in Coahoma, Mississippi. He attended Coahoma Agricultural High School, The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Mississippi, and Mississippi Valley State University. His artwork was composed of pencil and ink drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings. His work is in the collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Tougaloo College, Meridian Museum of Art, and memphis State University. He was commissioned to produce a portrait of musician Lonnie Shields, which hangs in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. He lived in Clarksdale, Mississippi, until his death in 2001, at the age of 56.
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