R Geoffrey Blackburn

R Geoffrey Blackburn

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

About R Geoffrey Blackburn

I was born in Utah, USA in 1947. I began my professional art career in 1970. I have taught art and worked in various art-related fields my entire professional life. While in England, in the early 1970's, I was the principle artist for an international magazine. Although I studied art both privately and at the University of Utah, I am mostly self-taught. My first recognition as an artist came when I was in grade school and won first prize at the annual exhibit at the Old Mission School at San Juan Capistrano, CA. I have also co-founded a mining company, a graphic arts company, a decorating company, a jellies and jam company, was an army officer and a ski instructor. Aside from painting, I also invent things, write poetry, and manage a business. I have written a book about the creative process and I am studying and teaching martial arts. I stay busy. During the last uranium boom of the 1970's, I co-owned and operated a mining and exploration company, North American Resources Corp. based in Salt Lake City, operating out of Moab, Utah. I prospected, staked claims, drilled, and promoted uranium properties all over the Colorado Plateau. Once, I even confronted armed claim jumpers. Shades of the Old West. I wheeled and dealed with claim owners and major energy companies often doing million dollar deals on napkins into the wee hours. During this period, I met the late mining magnate, adventurer, and avid art collector, Maxie L. Anderson (the first balloonist to cross the Atlantic Ocean). He liked my work so he commissioned and purchased various paintings including the original oil painting "Red Canyons" which was the basis of the "Red Canyons" serigraph that President Reagan displayed in the White House and which appeared on an episode of the "Murder She Wrote" TV show.Living and working in canyon country, I was instantly captivated by the amazing red rock vistas around Moab. I started doing photo studies and sketches of the scenes I encountered prospecting in the area. When I returned to Salt Lake City, I turned some of these studies and sketches into paintings- something I still do today.In late 1987 I "fathered" a new art form I call "Multi-Dimensionalism." This user-interactive, total-experience art form is so unique that I was granted a U.S. patent for it in 1990. Of this new art form, Vern Swanson, Director of the Springville Museum, wrote ". . . I was captivated by the beauty, peacefulness and stimulating quality of Blackburn's creation. I fully recommend this radical new innovation . . . We believe that his work will make an important contribution to society for the immediate future, bringing art back to the people."For more information please visit www.rgeoffreyblackburn.com, www.horizonfineartgallery.com www.moabartworks.comwww.marshallartsgallery.comwww.pinetopcontemporaryfineart.com

Education

2010 5th Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Show Won: "Best Landscape Award
2010 PaintAmerica, Top100 Competition, Juried show
2010 PaintAmerica, Mini Top50 Competition, Juried show
2010 Springville Museum of Art, 84th Annual Spring Salon, Juried Exhibition, Springville, UT
2010 Finalist Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
2009 PaintAmerica,Mini Top50 Competition, Juried show
Exhibitions 2009 3rd AnnualPaint the ParksJuried Exhibition2009 Winners- Mini502009 Guests GalleryInternational Art ShowPart I: Realism2009 - 85th Annual Spring Salon Springville Museum of Art Springville, UT2008 Small Works North America, Greenwich Workshop, Fairfield, CT2008 Art Kudos International Exhibit2008 Springville Museum of Art, 84th Annual Spring Salon, Springville, UT2008 The President's Art Show, SLC, UT2007 Small Works North America, Greenwich Workshop, Fairfield, CT2007 Art Kudos International Exhibit2007 "Red Rock in Detail" one-man-show, ssMoab Art Works, Moab, UT2007 Art Expo Las Vegas, Las vegas, NV2007 "The West in Detail" Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY2007 9th Annual New Horizons Academy Art Show and Auction, Las Vegas, NV2006 63rd Annual National Art Exhibit, Cedar City, UT2006 Freedom Festival Fine Art Exhibit, Provo, UT2006 the Presidents Art Show, SLCC and Museum of Utah Art & History1997 Springville 73rd Annual Spring Salon 1996 Springville 72nd Annual Spring Salon 1995 Springville 7lst Annual Spring Salon 1995 1994 Springville Museum of Art: Art with a Religious Theme 1975 Springville 5lst Annual Art Exhibit (art reproduced in Catalogue) 1975 Associated Utah Artists Invitational Exhibit 1975 Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina Del Rey, CA1974 Hilton Hotel Invitational , SLC, UT1974 Deseret News Heritage Art Show, SLC, UT1974 All Utah Art Exhibit (Springville Museum of Art & Utah State Institute of Fine Art) 1973 C'est Bon Hotel, Park City 1960 Art at the Abyss 1960, SLC, UT1956 Old Mission School Art Festival, San Juan Capistrano, CA Galleries2006 Art Encounter, Las Vegas NV2006 Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY2005-06 Stanfield Fine Art, Park City, UT1989-2002 C-Gallery, SLC, UT 1996,1986 Old Town Gallery, Park City, UT 1990 Liebenson Gallery, SLC, UT 1990 Brushworks Gallery, SLC, UT 1987 Johnson Gallery, Lancaster, PA1986 J. Christensen Gallery, SLC, UT 1983-84 Tradewinds Gallery, Rocksprings, WY1983-84 Michaels Gallery, Irvine, CA1983-84 Drummond Gallery Coeur d'Alene, ID1983-84 Martin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM1983-84 Windrush Gallery, Sedona, AZ 1983-84 Hawkeye Galleries, Ltd., Aspen, CO 1983-84 Aldridge Fine Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 1980-90 Winn Galleries, Seattle, WA 1973 Tivoli Gallery, SLC, UT 1971-74 Old House Gallery, SLC, UT 1971-72 Jail House Gallery, Taos, NMInstitution CollectionsThe White House Allstate Insurance Company North West Pipeline Company LDS Museum of Church History and Art Rancher Exploration & Development Corp. Hecla Mining Company First Security Bank Corporation Private CollectionsPresident Ronald Reagan Dr. Armand Hammer General Alexander Haig, Jr. Secretary of Interior, William Clark Secretary of Interior, Donald Hoedel United States Senator, Paul Laxalt United States Senator, Orrin Hatch United States Senator, Jake Garn Governor Norman Bangerter Balloonist, Maxie L. Anderson Actor/ Director, Robert Redford TV Appearance1985 "Red Canyons" serigraph featured in "Murder, She Wrote" episode Special Recognition1990 Awarded United States Patent # 4972305 described by Springville Museum Director, Dr. Vern G. Swanson as a "new art form." ,

Events

Future Shows: 2009 3rd Annual
Paint the Parks
Juried Exhibition
2009 Winners- Mini50

Guests Gallery
2009 International Art Show
Part I: Realism

85th Annual Spring Salon
Springville Museum of Art
Springville, UT