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  Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
 Department: Studio Arts
 Decade: 1980-1989
 Collection: UNT Scholarly Works
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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
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.
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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86-3

86-3

Date: 1986
Creator: Falsetta, Vincent
Description: Dark background with many small geometric shapes, lines and dots in bright colors evenly spaced around the canvas over a structured linear pattern.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
87-205 with Mickey Mouse

87-205 with Mickey Mouse

Date: 1987
Creator: Falsetta, Vincent
Description: Linear patterns in background mostly in whites and grays layered with small geometric shapes in multi-hues with Mickey Mouse cartoon character emerging from the lower edge.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
88-4

88-4

Date: 1988
Creator: Falsetta, Vincent
Description: Black background with linear patterns and small multi-hued geometric shapes float on the surface.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Storm, NYC Rooftop

Storm, NYC Rooftop

Date: 1981
Creator: Falsetta, Vincent
Description: Long multi-colored pieces are arranged on a rooftop in an urban setting. The pieces are arranged both in organic lines as well as straight lines filling the rooftop area. Some pieces partially move above the base and some appear suspended in space.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[4-panel piece, handmade paper on silk]

[4-panel piece, handmade paper on silk]

Date: 1981~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The artwork consists of four panels each turned on point. A grid ladder pattern turned in various directions appears in each panel. The colors are warm reddish browns and light blues. Other rectangular and triangular outlined shapes appear scattered across the panels.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged artwork consists of textured paper in a blue-green that gradates to a pink color and moves from the foreground to the background in a curving motion. Angular brown lines are in the background and the middle ground consists of pink colors. Some white cloud like forms float through the picture plane and a gray stacked shape fills the left side of the picture.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged artwork consists of silhouettes of mountains in the distance in various pale shades of gray. In the foreground are two curved shapes consisting of parallel lines of textured pink paper. Three lines geometric in shape move through the picture plane flattening while also creating more space.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed cotton velveteen]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged artwork depicts a silhouette of a city skyline. In the foreground appears soft pink texture in arch design and a grid ladder pattern appears at the left edge.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed silk]

[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed silk]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The artwork depicts a horizontally situated composition and is reinforced on the left and top sides by a wide gray gradated border. Emerging from the bottom edge is a wide, green curve that recedes into the distance. At the right is an open grid shape and behind that a large pink textured circle. Two small cloud like shapes float in the background.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork made of handmade paper on silk]

[artwork made of handmade paper on silk]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged work consists of perspective lines receding into the distance. Halfway into the distance the receding lines are covered in blue soft textured handmade paper fibers. The floor of the space is checkerboard pattern and also recedes into distance. A brown ribbon type images also slither into the distance.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork of handmade paper on silk satin]

[artwork of handmade paper on silk satin]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The long horizontal artwork depicts geometric shaped borders floating through the structured space. Loose ribbon shapes float among and between the geometric shapes. The colors are muted in blue, brown, green and pink tones.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[artwork of screen printed silk and handmade paper]

[artwork of screen printed silk and handmade paper]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged artwork depicts various grids floating and moving in space to create depth. In the background is a large semi-circular shape in a textured blue green color. There is also a wide strip of brown that begins in the far lower right corner and moves at four different angles until it reaches the left side of the picture.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Canyon No. 2

Canyon No. 2

Date: 1982~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The work depicts space in a canyon like fashion. Irregular shapes run through the work and from the edges are dropped perpendicularly gradated lines that create form and space. The illusion of space is also created by the gradations from white to pink to purple.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Clouds That Sail Across the Sea

Clouds That Sail Across the Sea

Date: 1981~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The artwork depicts some cloud like or wave like shapes in the foreground floating into the distance. The ground is depicted in a series of gradated stripes of dark purples and blues, also receding into the distance.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Daybreak

Daybreak

Date: 1985~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally placed artwork depicts a rectangular frame shape floating in the upper portion of the image. Receding into the distance are parallel horizontal lines created from textured paper in blues and browns. A vertical ladder shape is in the middle ground next to some silhouette gray geometric shapes reminiscent of buildings.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[detail view of frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

[detail view of frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

Date: 1986
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: None
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

[frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

Date: 1986
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The blue sky is filled with wispy clouds, a ladder reaches from the lower edge of the work to the top edge. Two frame shapes reach from the outer edges of the work to the center creating depth. Behind the frames shapes are green wavy canyons.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[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.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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