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New! Julie Blackmon Image + National Gallery of Art Acquisition

photo-eye Gallery New! Julie Blackmon Image + National Gallery of Art Acquisition Jovi Esquivel This week we're celebrating represented artist Julie Blackmon, with the release of a new image and news about her recent acquisition by the National Gallery of Art.

Julie Blackmon, Soap Bubbles, 2023, Archival Pigment Print, 22`x29", Edition of 10, $4,000

This week we're celebrating represented artist Julie Blackmon! 

photo-eye Gallery is happy to introduce Soap Bubbles, a new image by represented artist Julie Blackmon, and absolutely thrilled to share that two works by the artist have been acquired by The National Art Gallery in Washington!

Blackmon's artistic vision knows no bounds as she consistently delivers works that are both fantastical and skillfully executed. Her latest piece, Soap Bubbles, captures a surreal scene of unsupervised children frolicking on the stone porch of a dark, mysterious house. The attention to detail is impeccable, with the eldest child focused on producing a colossal bubble, while one of the youngsters, perched on the parapet, indulges in snacks. In another vignette, a baby looks on in awe at a bubble that floats above, with a bottle of dish soap lurking nearby. Blackmon's ability to create such intricate and whimsical imagery is a true testament to her creativity and artistic mastery.

"This piece was inspired by an 18th-century French painting by Jean Siméon Chardin of the same name. I had watched my own nieces and nephews making giant bubbles recently, and I guess just seeing something like this in this present day and age that goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years is always intriguing to me. Just that connection to the past... as much as things have changed, there's still so much that remains the same in our daily lives. I think the idle time of children will always be compelling subject matter to artists."
—Julie Blackmon

Jean Siméon Chardin, Soap Bubble ca.1734

(Soap Bubble is currently available at the base price in all three sizes)

The National Art Gallery Acquisition

Julie Blackmon, Flatboat, 2022 – The National Gallery of Art, Washington

We are thrilled to extend our warmest congratulations to Julie Blackmon for the recent acquisition of Flatboat and Paddle Board by The National Art Gallery in Washington. It is a huge honor that recognizes her incredible talent and ability to capture the essence of everyday life in her art. Blackmon's unique style is captivating and relatable, and we're excited to see her work getting the recognition it deserves. We can't wait to see what she creates next and celebrate her future accomplishments.

Congratulations Julie!

George Caleb Bingham, The Jolly Flatboatmen
In Flatboat Blackmon has restaged [George Caleb] Bingham's iconic painting The Jolly Flatboatmen (1846) as a tableau of children and adolescents loafing on a raft. However, in Blackmon's present-day reimagining, the central white male figure of the painting becomes a young Black girl reveling in the joy of a summer's day.

—National Art Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Paddleboard, 2022 – The National Gallery of Art, Washington

George Caleb Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri
Paddleboard pays homage to George Caleb Bingham's Fur Traders Descending the Missouri (1845) by replacing the two men with a heavily pregnant young woman and a small boy, thus centering women's labor. The cargo of the fur traders has been swapped with a tall stack of coolers. The child swimming in the background, with a shark fin strapped to their back, adds a menacing note, suggesting the struggle for survival despite the apparent tranquillity of the scene.

—National Art Gallery

(All three editions of Flatboat and Paddle Board are sold out)

>> National Gallery of Art Acquisitions Page <<

photo-eye Gallery is proud to represent artist Julie Blackmon

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The Prints from this series are Archival Pigment Prints

22x29", Edition of 10, Starting at $4,000
 32x42", Edition of 10, Starting at $6,500
40x50" Edition of 10, Starting at $9,000

>> See more images by Julie Blackmon <<

>> Learn more about Julie Blackmon <<


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For more information, and to reserve one of these unique works, please contact 
Gallery Director Anne Kelly or Gallery Assistant Jovi Esquivel

You may also call us at (505) 988-5152 x202

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