presents Paul Blankinship
THE STRONG IMAGE
Painting and Drawings
Friday, October 14th at its gallery
in the Historic Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue, Ste. 115
in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Opening Reception: 6 pm
Born in Richmond, Va., Paul Blankinship grew up in Virginia and North Carolina, shunning the company of grown-ups for that of forest, swamp and open water.
The great gift of his childhood was access to the landscape, at first through hunting and fishing with his maternal grandfather, and later, exploration for its own sake. In time, he gained an acquaintance with wilderness, farmland, abandoned areas, and places in between.
Blankinship studied drawing while a teenager under Phyllis Biddle in Richmond before attending the College of William and Mary and Duke University, where he earned degrees in English and theology, respectively. He currently studies painting at The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas. His work is collected in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Persuasion in a realist landscape is in the handling of the air. Time and atmosphere do not merely surround and wash over a landscape; they are the landscape just as much as the place is, as things are. I paint them because they deserve regard.”
Paul Blankinship’s landscapes in oil arrest the viewer by telling the truth and giving thanks at the same time. He paints places by placing moments. Words cannot do this.
Paul Blankinship paints the North Carolina landscape with accuracy and evocation. He fixes vision and atmosphere in dust, oil and sinew, making the foreign accessible and the common arresting.
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