Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Gerard Blair has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 15th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Gerard will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and he will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Gerard is an award-winning photographer based in Pennsylvania, USA. He will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.
For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.
In addition, as part of his award package, Gerard will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.
Gerard’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions. This was the 15th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.
Below are Gerard’s Artist Biography, his Artist Statement, along with 14 of his photographs taken at The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem PA. We hope that you will take the time to read Gerard’s information and to take a look at his photographs.
Gerard Blair was raised in Northern England and has lived in the South, in Scotland, Israel, Japan and now in the United States. Professionally, he is a Microchip designer and is pleased to note that in a summer job in 1986 he wrote the first drafts of a funding proposal for his Professor at Edinburgh University to start early research into CMOS digital sensors – although this doesn’t actually help him take better photographs.
Gerard’s first attempts at photography started in 1998 with a basement darkroom, and black and white film. Since 2000, he has moved into digital photography but has retained a love of contrast. His main outlet has been the Great Allentown Fair – an annual event including livestock and photography where he normally wins a first on one of the categories and has twice won Best in Show. Moo! Well, we all have to start somewhere.
One consequence of this focus has been a preponderance of portraits in his portfolio…. of sheep and goats and fowl and such; thankfully, several vacations have broadened his range of subjects to include wildlife, and flora, and various-scapes.
As a boy, he exhibited paintings with his mother’s art club; but he lacked skill. Digital photography, however, allows him to more easily refine, repair, and craft images repeatedly and so to improve. Now, semi-retired, he is able to devote time to explore and study both the history of painting, and the creation of his own art using the camera. His plan is to learn until he can make pictures that bring him pleasure, and his method is to join the local photography club, to join PSA, to take courses, and to test his advances by entering into juried exhibitions.
My medium is digital photography, my goal is to discover ineffable joys. And joy can be found in in so many ways. Humor has been described as the unexpected collision of two plains of perception. The “twist comes” when your view of the story changes abruptly where those two plains intersect; so too can be the finding of joy in an image. It comes when a pattern, in line or color, jumps from the noise. It comes from photographing a sheep and discovering a Vermeer portrait or a Jan Steen scoundrel. It comes from complexity or simplicity, chaos or order, sometimes in a sideways glance, sometimes in digital-processing. However, when it comes, it holds you for a moment - and in that moment you see differently. This is what I seek in my art: to capture images that hold beauty and bring pleasure which might otherwise have passed unnoticed.
Gerard can be reached via his Email.