By Gregory L. Blackstock
Sleek existence is an ever-accelerating barrage of individuals, structures, automobiles, creatures, and issues. How a lot can a curious brain absorb? And what can it do with all of the information? Gregory L. Blackstock, a retired Seattle pot washing machine, attracts order out of the entire chaos with a pencil, a black marker, and a few crayons.
Blackstock is autistic and an inventive savant. He creates visible lists of every little thing from wasps to hats to emergency autos to noisemakers. within the spirit of the Outsider paintings of Henry Darger and Howard Finster, Blackstock makes artwork that's stirring in its large quantity and aspect and encouraging in its easy good looks. He hasn't ever got formal inventive education, but his renderings essentially and beguilingly express refined variations and similaritiesenabling the viewer to work out, for instance, the precise positive factors of a dolly varden, a Pacific Coast steelhead cutthroat, and fourteen different kinds of trout.
Each assortment is lovingly captioned in Blackstock's detailed hand with texts that replicate proof from his study in addition to his passions and personal tastes. Blackstock's Collections comprises over a hundred outstanding examples of his wonderfully unique taxonomy, providing a different glance contained in the brain of a guy making experience of lifestyles via art.
Monsters of the Deep
significant Forestry Pests
the nice Cabbage Family
the area conflict II U.S. Bombers
King Sized Jails
Monsters of the Past
nice Italian Roosters
Our nation Lighthouses
The Irish Joys
"If Gregory Blackstock's drawings have been poems, they might have meter and rhyme. There's an orderliness to them that satisfies the pesky drill sergeant who ideas our brainsand additionally a spark of chaos to please the soul. "
"The topics are rendered in a lucid black-and-white sketch variety, and the hand lettering normally exudes a feeling of glee. It's transparent that the artist is entranced. . . Fittingly, probably the most beautiful (subjects) is 'The paintings Supplies,' a colour drawing of every little thing you wish, together with the unique 1958 Crayola crayon field, to make an image along with your personal arms. yet be forewarned: nobody can do it like Blackstock."
About the Author
Gregory L. Blackstock labored as a pot washing machine for twenty-five years. He started making his pictorial lists at age 40, and had his first gallery exhibition in 2004. He lives in Seattle, Washington.