Thomas Blackshear: Western Nouveau
September 9 - September 21, Open House: September 14, 4-7pm
Jackson, Wyoming
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Thomas Blackshear
Bronco Break-SOLD

oil on canvas
40h x 31w in
101.60h x 78.74w cm
SOLD

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Thomas Blackshear
Buffalo Hunt-SOLD
<p> oil and gold leaf on mounted canvas on wooden board<br /> 48h x 48w in<br /> 121.92h x 121.92w cm<br /> SOLD</p>...
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Thomas Blackshear
Crow Crown-SOLD

oil on board
20h x 28w in
50.80h x 71.12w cm
SOLD

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Thomas Blackshear
Fancy Feathers

oil on canvas
39h x 49w in
99.06h x 124.46w cm
$42,000
 

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Thomas Blackshear
Golden Leaves-SOLD

oil and gold leaf mounted on canvas
26h x 17w in
66.04h x 43.18w cm
SOLD

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Thomas Blackshear
Hummingbird-SOLD

oil on canvas
27h x 23w in
68.58h x 58.42w cm
SOLD
 

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Thomas Blackshear
Nez Perce-SOLD

oil on canvas
34h x 32w in
86.36h x 81.28w cm
SOLD

Press release

Trailside Galleries is pleased to present Western Nouveau, a show of new works by Colorado based artist Thomas Blackshear. The newest collection of studio works will be available to view from September  9 through September 21. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, September 14  from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.   

Thomas Blackshear graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1977 and soon after went to work for the Hallmark Card Company in Kansas City, Missouri. While there, he met the famous illustrator Mark  English and became his apprentice for several months. By 1980, he was working as head illustrator for Godbold/Richter Studio and two years later became a freelance illustrator.

Known for his dramatic lighting and sensitivity to mood, Blackshear has produced illustrations for advertising, books, calendars, collectors’ plates, greeting cards, magazines, postage stamps, and national posters. His clients range from Disney Pictures, George Lucas Studios and Universal Studios to International Wildlife and National Geographic magazines. Additionally, he has illustrated thirty United States postage stamps and a commemorative stamp book titled, I Have a Dream.

Blackshear has also designed and executed illustrations for four collectors’ plate  series. He is known for his best-selling Christian prints produced for DaySpring’s Masterpiece Collection. In 1995 he created Ebony Visions, which has been the number-one-selling black figurine collectible in the United States for the past twenty years. He won Artist of the Year in 1999 for that line from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers and the prestigious International Collectible Artist of the Year Award in 2001. In 2006, Blackshear had a one-man show through the Vatican in Rome. There he unveiled his painting of Pope John Paul II for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pope John Paul II Foundation.

With over half a dozen  major new studio pieces produced for this event, Blackshear notes, “The work I have prepared for this show stems from my love for what I call Western Nouveau. This combines a representational approach imbued with a stylized  look that gives the paintings flare. Additionally, several of the works have a decorative look including  paintings that have gold leaf applied.”   

EXHIBITION LINK

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Mark Maggiori: One With the Sky & Thomas Blackshear: Western Nouveau
September 2019

Western Art Collector Magazine
Exhibition Previews

The color will spill from the doors at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where two of Western art’s newest phenoms will be presenting new solo shows: Mark Maggiori’s newest collection of work, One With the Sky, and Thomas Blackshear II, who will have his solo show debut at Trailside with Western Nouveau. Both shows open September 9 and continue through September 21.