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 Christopher Blossom  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Connecticut      Known for: painter-historical-ship, landscape, coastals

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Henry B Hyde arriving at San Francisco, late 1880s
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Recognized as a marine painter, Christopher Blossom later added western landscapes to his repertoire and in 1989 was invited to show with the National Academy of Western Art at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In 1992, he became a NAWA member.

He followed in the footsteps of both his father, Earl, and grandfather, David, by becoming a commercial artist. He studied illustration at the Parsons School of Design in New York and worked in an industrial design studio, learning to interpret blueprints, which has served him well when studying old ships. He worked as a freelance illustrator of books and magazines but wanted out of New York: "I went crazy with all the tall buildings in New York" (Art of the West 11/98).

In the late 1970s, he turned from illustration to marine painting and focused on integrity of historical aspects of that subject. He became a charter member and former president of the American Society of Marine Artists. In the mid-1990s, his interest in landscape painting was stirred. He accepted an invitation from Forbes Inc. to participate in a plein-air painting trip to their corporate ranch in Colorado, and he has also done backpacking in Wyoming which gave him more western landscape subject matter. He combines the landscapes with his original focus of historical marine painting which became ingrained from his origins in Connecticut.

He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. When he was 12, his interest in marine painting was aroused by his father's artist friend, John Stobart. He has also done much crewing and ferrying of boats from Connecticut to Maine and in Long Island Sound. In both his marine and landscape paintings, his goal is to transport the viewer to a place of natural beauty.

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"Southwest Art"
"Art of the West"

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery:
Like a member of another famous American art family, the Wyeths, Christopher Blossom follows a line of highly accomplished artists.  Both his grandfather Earl, and his father David, were celebrated commercial artists.  Their influence, in combination with Blossom’s own unique approach to easel painting, has led him to become regarded as one of the undisputed leaders of today’s generation of marine painters.

After informal studies with his father, Blossom attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City.  At the same time, he worked in the Industrial Design Studio of Robert Bourke, where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints of all kinds.  By the time he finished, he was able to visualize an entire boat by using its plans alone as reference, and he could draw a craft from any angle.

Blossom has received a level of recognition that most artists take a lifetime to achieve.  At the age of 20, he was awarded a Scholarship Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators, then became a charter member and later, president of the American Society of Marine Arts. Soon, he was accepted into the exclusive Society of Historical Artists.

His passion for history and his unique ability to visualize in three dimensions has allowed him to recreate scenes from maritime history with a sincerity and feeling that is unequaled among his contemporaries.

His paintings have been exhibited at the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; and the Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado.

Blossom has been profiled in numerous marine publications, as well as Southwest Art, Art of the West and American Artist. Among his awards are a 1991 Gold Medal in Oil at the National Academy of Western Art and the 2001 Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West Invitational.


Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II:
Like a member of another famous American art family, the Wyeths, Christopher Blossom follows a line of highly accomplished artists. Both his grandfather Earl, and his father David, were celebrated commerical artists. Their influence, in combination with Blossom's own unique approach to easel painting, has led him to become regarded as one of the undisputed leaders of today's generation of marine painters.

After informal studies with his father, Blossom attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City. At the same time, he worked in the Industrial Design Studio of Robert Bourke, where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints of all kinds. By the time he finished, he was able to visualize an entire boat by using its plans alone as reference, and he could draw a craft from any angle.Blossom has received a level of recognition that most artsts take a lifetime to achieve.

At the age of 20, he was awarded a Scholarship Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators, then became a charter member and later, president of the American Society of Marine Artists. Soon, he was accepted into the exclusive Society of Historical Artists.

His passion for history and his unique ability to visualize in three dimensions has allowed him to recreate scenes from maritime history with sincerity and feeling.

Blossom has been profiled in numerous marine publications, as well as "Southwest Art," "Art of the West", and "American Artist." Among his awards are a 1991 Gold Medal in Oil at the National Academy of Western Art and the 2001 Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West Invitation.

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Prix de West 2003 Invitational Exhibition- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Biography from Tree's Place Gallery:
Christopher Blossom was born in 1956, in Southport, Connecticut.  From childhood, he was trained by his father, a professional illustrator.  He subsequently studied at the Parsons School of Design, but left a brief career as an illustrator to become a gallery artist.

Blossom has been the subject of recent major articles in Southwest Art, Sea History, and Art of the West, among other publications.

Although his national reputation is as a premier marine and coastal artist, his memberships and honors echo his highly varied interests and subject matter.  He was one of the founding members, and a past president, of the American Society of Marine Artists.  He is a member, and a gold medal winner, of the National Academy of Western Art.  With other artists in this exhibition, he was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the American Artists Abroad group to paint in Normandy.  He is regularly invited to participate in the Prix de West Invitational in Oklahoma, and the Artists of America show in Colorado.

When he is not traveling to Wyoming or Yosemite, or working from his cruising sailboat, Blossom resides and maintains his studio in Connecticut.

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