Tom Blackwell, American (1938 - )

Tom Blackwell

Thomas Leo "Tom" Blackwell (born 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Photorealist of the original first generation of Photorealists, represented by Louis K. Meisel Gallery. Blackwell is one of the photorealists most associated with the style. Blackwell has produced a significant body of work based on the motorcycle as well as other vehicles such as storefronts with manikins, and a few airplanes.

Blackwell started out as an abstract-expressionist but soon became enamored with the Pop art movement of the 1960s. From abstract expressionism he moved on to large-scale paintings which incorporate shiny metallic objects usually found on motorcycles or other vehicles. His later and current works continue this but often with scenes in which light is reflecting from store windows.

1978 Keene State College, Keene, NH, Guest Professor, Summer
1980 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Artist in Residence, Fall
1981 University of Arizona, Tucson, Artist in Residence, March
1985-89 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
GRANTS AND AWARDS
1986 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Award
1986 American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, purchase award
1990 Awards Panel, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
1998 New York State Council of the Arts, Individual Artist’s Grant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1961 Roy Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1962 Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1964 Orange Coast College Museum, Santa Ana, CA
1975 Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1975 Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS
1976 Galerie Le Portail, Heidelberg, West Germany
1977 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1980 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1980 "Selected Works, 1970-80," Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1981 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1982 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, November 6-27
1985 The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
1986 Carlo Lamagna Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Carlo Lamagna Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, April 6 – 29
1999 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, Feb. 11 – March 11
1999 Roxbury Arts Center, Roxbury, NY, Sponsored by the New York
State Council of the Arts
1999 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, October 2-30

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1966 "Psychedelic Art," Riverside Museum, New York, NY
1968 "The Visionaries," East Hampton Gallery, NY
1969 "Human Concern/Personal Torment," Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, NY
1970 Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1971 "All California Show," Laguna Beach Art Association Museum, CA
1971 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1971 "New Realism/Old Realism," Bernard Dannenburg Gallery, New York, NY
1971 "Projected Artists/Artists at Work," Finch College Museum, NYC
1972 "Annual Exhibition, Contemporary American Painting," Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1972 "Sharp Focus Realism," Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1972 "Realism Now," New York Cultural Center, New York, NY
1972 "Painting and Sculpture Today, 1972," Indianapolis Museum
of Art, IN
1972 "Phases of the New Realism," Lowe Art Museum, University of
Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1972 "L'Hyperrealistes americains," Galerie Des Quatre Mouvements,
Paris, France
1972-73 "Amerikanischer Fotorealismus," Traveling Exhibition, West
Germany: Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Frankfurter
Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Kunst und Museumsverein Wuppertal
1973 "American Realism, Post-Pop," Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Oakland
University, Detroit, MI
1973 "Realism Now," Katonah Gallery, Katonah, NY
1973 "Richard Brown Baker Collection," San Francisco Museum of Art, CA
1973 "The Super Realist Vision," DeCordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA
1973-74 "Hyperrealisme," Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, Belgium
1973-78 "Photo-Realism 1973: The Stuart M. Speiser Collection," Traveling
Exhibition: Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; Herbert F.
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Memorial
Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY; Addison Gallery of
American Art, Andover, MA; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA;
University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder, CO; University of
Texas at Austin Art Museum, Austin, TX; Witte Memorial Museum,
San Antonio, TX; Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC; Brooks
Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN; Krannert Art Museum,
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL; Helen Foresman
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS;
Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita
State University, Wichita, KS; Tampa Bay Art Center, Tampa, FL;
Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX; Tulane
1973-78 "Photo-Realism 1973:
University Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC
1974 Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
"Amerikaans fotorealisme grafiek," Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht,
Holland; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Institute of
Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
"Ars`74 Atheneum," Fine Arts Academy of Finland, Helsinki
"Ars 5`74," Basel, Switzerland
"25 Years of Janis, Part II," Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
"New Photo-Realism," Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
"11th Tokyo Biennale,`74," Tokyo Metropolitan Musuem; Kyoto
Municipal Museum; Aichi Perfectual Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
1974 "Corporations Collect," DeCordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA
1975 "The New Realism: Rip-Off or Reality?" Edwin A. Ulrich Museum
of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
"Realismus & Realitat," Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, West Germany
"Photo-Realists," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
"39th Annual Midyear Show," The Butler Institute of American
Art, Youngstown, OH, June 29 - August 31
"Watercolors and Drawings - American Realists," Louis K. Meisel
Gallery, New York, NY
1975-76 "Super Realism," Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
1975-76 "Photo-Realism, American Painting & Prints," New Zealand
Traveling Exhibition: Barrington Gallery, Auckland, Robert
McDougal Art Gallery, Christchurch; Academy of Fine Arts,
National Art Gallery, Wellington; Dunedin Public Art Gallery,
Dunedin; Covett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Waikato Art
Museum, Hamilton
1976 "Fotorealismum," DP Gallery, Heidelberg, West Germany
Galerie Le Portail, Heidelberg, West Germany
"3e foire internationale d'art contemporain (FIAC)," Grand Palais,
Paris, France, October 16-24
"Realism (Paintings and Drawings)," Young Hoffman Gallery,
Chicago, IL
"Herbert Distel's Museum of Drawers," Museum der Stadt Solothurn,
Switzerland
"Washington International Art Fair," Washington, DC

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