Artist: Thomas Blackshear
Availability: In Stock
Dimensions: 21.5"w x 29"h
Release Date: 2010
HISTORY OF THE INTIMACY IMAGE BY THOMAS BLACKSHEAR:
As you may know, Thomas Blackshear’s artwork is created in several mediums. To date, the Intimacy image has been reproduced in six forms.
• In 1995, the Intimacy image first appeared in a serigraph print that was produced by The Greenwich Workshop. The serigraph’s edition size was 550 and it retailed for $850. The lucky Blackshear collectors that were able to acquire this sold-out print can now value their investment around $3000.
• In the year 2000, Willits Designs produced a figurine of the Intimacy image. The figurines edition size was 12,950 and retailed for $165. The estimated current market value of the sold-out figurine is $525.
• In the year 2004, Ne’Qwa Art produced an ornament in the likeness of the image. The ornaments edition size was 1000 and retailed for $100. The estimated current market value of the ornament is $150.
• In 2005 and 2006, the Intimacy image appeared on The Threads That Bind Quilt and the Intimacy pillow.
• Today, we have the Intimacy image being produced in a limited edition lithograph. The suggested retail price is $475.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN A SERIGRAPH AND A LITHOGRAPH PRINT?
• Most people could not afford to own an original piece of artwork by Picasso or Van Gogh, but having a copy of their masterworks wouldn't be such a bad idea. This is where the idea of a lithograph comes into play. A lithograph is an authorized copy of an original work created by the artist himself. The highest quality machine printed image made using a 4 color separation process that produces a brilliant final image.
• The serigraph process (also known as silk-screening) is a time-honored hand printing technique, based on stenciling. Ink or paint is carefully brushed through a fine fabric screen, portions of which have been masked for impermeability. For each color, a different portion of the screen must be masked, and each color must be allowed to dry before the next is applied. The depth of color in the resulting fine art serigraph is almost luminous.
THOMAS EXPLAINS WHAT THE INTIMACY IMAGE REPRESENTS:
"The Intimacy painting has two sides to it," Thomas explains. "On one side, the woman held several masks near her face symbols of the bland or false masks that people wear when they go into the world to socialize or do business." The right side of the woman’s face revealed her beautiful glaze, a beam of light radiating from her body, and a beautiful flower garden representing what Thomas calls, "the true color of her real self."