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 Gustave Blache III  (1977 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Louisiana      Known for: life-size figurative paintings

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Gustave Blache III is a New York based artist from New Orleans, LA.  While in elementary school, Blache was allowed to study twice a week at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  Drawing from plaster casts and painting copies of Old Master afforded him early understanding of the Old Masters that created the basis for his current work.

He then attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Art, a selective college preparatory high school.  Blache then attended the School of Visual Arts Savannah, a satellite campus of the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1994 – 98.  During this period, he began to gain recognition for his life-size figurative paintings, which led to several commissions, reviews, and a book cover for the book, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry by Aberjhani. Unsatisfied with the success in Savannah, he went to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts where he earned an MFA in Illustration in May, 2000.

One year after earning his MFA, he had his first one-man exhibition at the Island Weiss Gallery of New York.  Known for its 19th-century collection, the gallery also included Blache’s paintings in group shows that included the works of Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and other major 19th century artists.  He was also in the Woodward Gallery’s “Paper 5” exhibition that included work by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Jean Michel Basquiat and other major artists.  In 2003, he had a one-man exhibition entitled “The Curtain Cleaners” at the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans.  The exhibition was included in Gambits “Hot Seven” issue of things to do that November in New Orleans.  Critic, Doug McCash who compared Blache’s work to Edgar Degas, reviewed the exhibition in the Times Picayune.  The exhibition introduced Blache’s interest in visual journalism that developed while attending The School of Visual Arts in New York.

In 2007, he was featured in the documentary film, Colored Frames, which recounts the last 50 years of African American artists’ influences, inspirations and experiences in the art world. Colored Frames featured Benny Andrews, June Kelly, Mary Schmidt Campbell, and Danny Simmons. Blache’s painting Between the Head and the Hand was used as the cover of the DVD.

Gustave Blache III resides in New York.

Written and submitted May 2010 by Michael R. Chisolm, Art Historian

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