David Blaisdell

David Blaisdell
David Blaisdell
His drawings range from reverent portraits—of beautiful women and the Russian writer Boris Pasternak—to abstracted compositions dense with hidden meaning.
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Tiger
Colored Pencil on Paper, 22” x 30”
2006
BIO
In addition to his talents as a visual artist, David Blaisdell (b. 1949, Chicago, IL) is also a prolific poet and the author of four novels (as yet unpublished). His drawings range from reverent portraits—of beautiful women and the Russian writer Boris Pasternak—to abstracted compositions dense with hidden meaning.

Blaisdell says: “Serious art is a cry of urgency depicted by heroic personalities. Crying out in wolfish midnight worlds, the artist seeks the seeds in the dark grass very subtly. He or she addresses themselves to some life insecurity, often which is a hasty footfall—a mortal danger. I speculate that art is a collision of sacred ideas with thoughtless time. Artists who are truly artists bear a cross of truth for the betterment of the world."

THE ART
This tiger is so dense with color and energy that it’s barely contained on the paper. Its orange body arcs above a machine gun, under a large red heart and a black hand with its fingers spread. The hand seems to offer protection for the tiger. Fierce as it appears, it is a vulnerable beast in the face of human aggression.

This artist is represented by Project Onward. Project Onward is a communal studio where artists with developmental, cognitive, and mental disabilities are provided with the materials, art education, and support to develop a professional body of work. Project Onward is a program of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.