Well known for painting still life compositions of subjects such as a glass of water or a marble, Brian Blackham is pursuing his other love in 2015: “As of late I have been sculpting more than painting,” he says. “I am trying to take the assembled brush stroke(s) that creates illusion in a painting to the sculpted figure. A figure that emerges from the gesture of marks and shapes of material, that’s what I’ve been working on so far this New Year.” Photographer Portia Snow took this pic of Brian at work in his “suite” at the Guthrie. He paints in one room; sculpts in the other.
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.