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Tom Blackwell

Tom Blackwell (b. 1938, Chicago, Illinois; d. 2020, Poughkeepsie, New York) is one of the founders and foremost painters of the Photorealist genre.  He was first known for his dynamic, iconic motorcycle paintings of the early 1970s.  The rich subject of urban storefront windows featuring mannequins juxtaposed with the reflections of passersby soon became another major theme in his work.

Blackwell is the recipient of the American Academy & Institute of Art and Letters purchase award.  He has had numerous solo shows and is represented in major museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He painted over 200 works in his career.

Featured Works

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Upcoming Exhibition

Summer Solstice

6 June — 19 July, 2024

Washington Square Park, 2023 - Anthony Brunelli
Bellagio #3, 2015 - Jack Mendenhall
Albion Hotel, 2000 - Bertrand Meniel

Previous Exhibitions

painting by Raphaella Spence


3 March — 30 April, 2022

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Art Miami

SoHo Edition

2 December , 2020— 29 January, 2021

CROPPED-IMAGE-Arnot Art Museum-Exterior

High Fidelity: Anthony Brunelli & the Digital Age Photorealists

14 February — 30 August, 2020

Blackwell in the studio

Thomas Blackwell: In Memoriam 1938-2020

8 April — 31 May, 2020

The Seasons

16 November , 2019— 1 March, 2020

Food for Thought

A Selection of Small Works Curated by Susan Meisel

28 February — 30 March, 2019

Recent Press
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Tom Blackwell
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams
The Bershire Eagle, 20/04/2018

Parrish Art Museum
From Lens To Eye To Hand: Photorealism 1969 To Today
Hamptons Art Hub, 04/08/2017

More Than Eye Candy
Art & Antiques

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