The Art of R. Geoffrey Blackburn

R. Geoffrey Blackburn
R. Geoffrey Blackburn

Red Rock Period - 1974 to present:

From 1970-1973, prior to my "Red Rock Period," I painted almost exclusively Old West figurative scenes often featuring cowboys on the trail doing various cowboy things and prospectors panning for gold and so on. One of the last of these works entitled "The Posse" was completed in 1972 and displayed at the Jailhouse Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. After a few months I decided that the posse would look more natural riding through a desert than through a forest, so I asked the gallery to return the painting so I could change the background. One by one members of the Posse began disappearing under a coat of paint until, at last, there was only the Sheriff riding along the edge of a cliff, rifle in hand. Finally, he too was painted over and thus the painting, "Desert Canyons" was created. (In just the right light, the posse was still visible under the desert, buried for all time like the cowboys of the old west). The final version now entitled "Desert Canyons" was completed in 1974 and thus began my "Red Rock Period".

During the last great uranium boom of the 1970’s, I co-owned and operated a mineral exploration company, North American Resources Corp. based in Salt Lake City, operating out of Moab, Utah. I prospected, staked claims, drilled, and promoted uranium properties all over the Colorado Plateau. On occasion, I even confronted armed claim jumpers. I wheeled and dealed with local claim owners and major energy companies often doing million dollar deals on napkins in bars and restaurants into the wee hours. During this period I met with the legendary Charlie Stein and the late mining magnate, adventurer, and art collector, Maxie L. Anderson (the first balloonist to cross the Atlantic Ocean). Impressed with my work Mr. Anderson, subsequently purchased and commissioned several paintings including the original oil painting "Red Canyons" which was the basis of the “Red Canyons” serigraph that President Reagan displayed in the White House and which appeared on an episode of the “Murder She Wrote” TV show.

Working and living in canyon country, I was captivated by the amazing red rock vistas around Moab. I soon began doing photo studies and sketches of the scenes I encountered prospecting in the area. When I returned to Salt Lake City, I turned many of these studies and sketches into paintings- a practice I continue to this day. Given my aesthetic connection to this beautiful country, I was particularly concerned about the potential environmental impact of mineral exploration and mining on the land. Over the years, I had seen many examples of wanton destruction from previous mining operations, some of them dating back to the 19th century when people simply did not consider environmental factors. Therefore, we took great pains to leave any area we explored just as we found it. I dare say that one would find no trace of us ever having been on any of the properties we explored.

Although I have studied art both privately and at the University of Utah, I am essentially self-taught. My first recognition as an artist came at the age of eight when my work won first prize at the annual exhibit at the world-famous Old Mission at San Juan Capistrano, California. I have spent time in Europe studying the work of the Renaissance Masters. While in England, in the early 1970's, I was the principle artist for an international magazine. In late 1987 I "fathered" an exciting new art form I call "Multi-Dimensionalism." This user-interactive, total-experience art form is so unique that I was granted a patent for it by the U. S. Patent Office. Of this new art form, Vern Swanson, Director of the Springville Museum, wrote ". . . I was captivated by the beauty, peacefulness and stimulating quality of Blackburn's creation. I fully recommend this radical new innovation . . . We believe that his work will make an important contribution to society for the immediate future, bringing art back to the people."

R. Geoffrey Blackburn

  • 2012 Open Range Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2010 J. Willot Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2009 Kolb Gallery, Grand Canyon, AZ
  • 2008-09 Pinetop Contemporary Gallery, Pinetop, AZ
  • 2008 Old Church Gallery, Springdale, UT
  • 2007-08 Marshall Arts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2007 Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT
  • 2007-08 Moab Art Works, Moab UT
  • 2006-09 Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY
  • 2006-08 Art Encounter, Las Vegas NV
  • 2005-2006 Stanfield Fine Art, Park City, UT
  • 1989-1997 C-Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1996,1986 Old Town Gallery, Park City, UT
  • 1990 Liebenson Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1990 Brushworks Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1986 J. Christensen Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1983-84 Fine Arts Gallery, Ardmore, PA
  • 1983-84 Windrush Gallery, Sedona, AZ
  • 1983-84 Hawkeye, Galleries, Ltd., Aspen, CO
  • 1983-84 Aldridge Fine Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1980-90 Winn Galleries, Seattle, WA
  • 1974-1975 Old Jailhouse Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 1975 Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • 1973 Tivoli Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1973 C'est Bon Hotel, Park City
  • 1971-74 Old House Gallery, SLC, UT
  • 1971-72 Jail House Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 1960 The Abyss, SLC, UT
Institution Collections
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • North West Pipeline Company
  • LDS Museum of Church History and Art
  • Rancher Exploration &Development Corp.
  • Hecla Mining Company
  • First Security Bank Corporation
Private Collections
  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Dr. Armand Hammer
  • General Alexander Haig, Jr.
  • Secretary of Interior, William Clark
  • United States Senator, Paul Laxalt
  • United States Senator, Orrin Hatch
  • United States Senator, Jake Garn
  • Governor Norman Bangerter
  • Balloonist, Maxie L. Anderson
  • Actor/ Director, Robert Redford
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