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  Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
 Department: Studio Arts
 Decade: 1980-1989
Elvis / Blue Boy Still Life

Elvis / Blue Boy Still Life

Date: 1981
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: This large, mostly black and white painting, depicts a scene of a bar fight from one of Elvis Presley's movies and a reproduction of the famous painting, Blue Boy, by Thomas Gainsborough is superimposed. In front of the painting is a wooden table holding an apple, a pear and a pitcher, not unlike a Paul Cezanne still life.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Santa Fe

Santa Fe

Date: 1982
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: In this black and white painting are depicted three men. The two main figures wear cowboy hats and the figure on the right side of the painting also sports a sheriff's badge in the shape of a star. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive. The men appear to be having a dialogue.
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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

Date: 1984
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: The black and white painting depicts a version of a famous scene in the movie The Big Heat from 1953 directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford. The brushstrokes are loose. One man holds a gun on a second wounded man. The man in the right foreground reaches out to the man in the center who leans against the wall.
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The Color of Money

The Color of Money

Date: 1986
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: In this horizontally oriented painting, two men, in the foreground, are recognizable depictions of Paul Newman and Tom Cruise from the movie titled The Color of Money. In the background, a car and a woman are seen on the right side of the picture. The older man has his arm around the shoulder of the younger man and is holding a roll of money in front of the face of the younger man. The background is a light bright green color. The young man wears a pink and purple plaid shirt and blue jacket. The older man wears a green coat and has gray hair.
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Jesus and Disciples in a Storm

Jesus and Disciples in a Storm

Date: 1988
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: The oil painting represents the Bible story in which Jesus is sleeping in a boat when a storm arises and his disciples wake him and he calms the storm. This colorful oil painting depicts the moment Jesus is awakened. The colors are bright and flat with black outlines.
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Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

Date: 1989
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-
Description: This large colorful painting depicts the brothers, Cain and Abel, from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The story of these brothers is also found in the Quran. The painting consists of many bright colors in flat fields with black lines and outlines. The shepherd brother is in the background herding sheep and in the foreground is the second brother holding a large club and peering over his left shoulder.
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[handmade paper and silkscreen on cotton velveteen artwork]

[handmade paper and silkscreen on cotton velveteen artwork]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: This detail view of the artwork shows the geometric shapes that float through the atmospheric landscape. The colors are in the dull pink, muted blues and beige ranges. Deep space is depicted with mountainous shapes reaching into water.
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[full moon in front of grids]

[full moon in front of grids]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The majority of the artwork consists of a large moon shape in a gradation from white to blue. This moon is situated in front of a brown horizontal grid pattern and from the moon shape hang cotton tapes.
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[handmade paper on silk artwork]

[handmade paper on silk artwork]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: This detail view of the artwork shows the texture of the handmade paper in strips and geometric shapes. The background silk consists of images of cloud forms and geometric structural type lines that echo the handmade paper shapes.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[ribbon through the grid circles]

[ribbon through the grid circles]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: A red ribbon floats through and connects a series of circles within which are grid patterns. Also floating through the space are several pale rectangular shapes. the work is horizontally situated as is the movement of the ribbon. The colors are muted blues, purples, pinks and red.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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