Thomas Blackshear

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THOMAS BLACKSHEAR II

HUMA 1315
Fine Arts Appreciation

http://www.galleryone.com/blackshear_biography.htm

Thomas Blackshear II was born the son of an air force captain in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas Blackshear pursued an interest in art throughout high school, securing a scholarship to the Institute of Art in Chicago. After a year there, he transferred to the nearby Academy of Art on another scholarship. He also worked for Hallmark Cards crafting art and poetry for the Hallmark Company. Mr. Blackshear illustrated two U.S. Postal Service stamp collections for Black Heritage and classic movies. Hamilton Group hired Mr. Blackshear to create collector plates featuring scenes from The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, and Star Trek. Mr. Blackshear has received many awards, including the Society of Illustrator’s coveted Gold Metal. Thomas Blackshear was profiled on the television show The Living Canvas, an art magazine of the airwaves shown on public television stations, and he has been featured on the Ebony/Jet Showcase. An exhibit of nineteen of his original works for the Black Heritage stamp series premiered in 1992 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and subsequently toured the United States. Mr. Blackshear does work for many National and International known companies such Disney Pictures, Coca-Cola, Embassy Pictures, The Hamilton Group, International Wildlife, Jim Henson Studios, Lee Jeans, George Lucas Studios, Milton Bradley, National Geographic, Seven-Up, Sunrise, and Universal Studios. This web site gives great back ground knowledge of Thomas Blackshear and his African American heritage. I’m able to look through his art without any pressure to purchase. You are also able to save the pictures to your computer. I enjoy using them as screen savers and back grounds on my computer. I think anyone who collects art would enjoy the works of Thomas Blackshear. He does not only do African

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