Gregory L. Blackstock Book of Postcards
Thirty color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.
Oversized postcards measure 6½ x 4¾ in.
Seattle artist Gregory L. Blackstock (American, b. 1946) worked menial jobs from his late teens until his retirement in 2001. He only started drawing regularly in his early forties, and almost immediately began to catalog the world. An autistic with savant skills, Blackstock can be baffled by the emotions and conversations of others, and he is unnerved by the relentless changes of modern life. Rules and facts are comforting, so once he commits groupings of things to paper, such as bugs, birds, vehicles, or shoes, he is relieved that they remain fixed in a dependable taxonomy.
Although the artist only draws subjects of current interest to him, this socially challenged man clearly uses his art as an important communication tool to draw others into his world. He loves talking about his drawings to whomever will listen, and often adds sound effects (race boat engines), mimes irritations (mosquitoes), or recounts bits of his own history, which are imbedded in or associated with many of his drawings. Interestingly, the factual detail of the subjects and their conversational utility are much more important to Blackstock than the physical medium, which he treats with cavalier disregard.
Without formal training, Blackstock draws with incredible precision and, since 2004, a vivid use of color. Referencing images culled from books and photos, he learns detailed information about each of his subjects, memorizing an astonishing range of geographical, anecdotal, and scientific information that he will never forget.
Since his first solo art show at age fifty-eight, this artist’s drawings have captivated art lovers worldwide. His work has been shown in Geneva, Paris, New York, Vienna, Philadelphia, Miami, and Seattle. The prestigious Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, holds an impressive assortment of Blackstock’s work.
Pomegranate’s books of postcards contain up to thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy, artful collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these stunning postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver. Postcards are oversized and may require additional postage.