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Christopher Blossom - DECEMBER MOONRISE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          DECEMBER MOONRISE
by Christopher Blossom

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LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 650
Image Size: 27 3/4"w x 18 1/2"h.
Published: September 1984


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This is a view of downtown Nantucket looking southeast. The building in the center is the Rotch Market, built in 1775. In 1842, the first floor was occupied by the Commercial Insurance Company and across the street were the offices of Citizen's Bank. The buildings in the foreground are the Gardner-Coffin warehouse and the Macy-Hussey warehouse. The buildings bordered on the square at the lower end of Main Street. The area from the square to the wharves was filled with warehouses and businesses relating to the maritime industries of the island, most notably, whaling.

This entire section of town, including a large portion not pictured, was destroyed by fire in 1846. The fire began a decline in the fortunes of the island which has recently been reversed by the tourist industry.


Christopher Blossom
When a child has a father and grandfather who are both well known illustrators, it is likely the offspring will also become an artist. And when a boy starts to sail at the age of six, it is also likely that the artist might choose the sea and sailing ships as his subject. Such was the case for Christopher Blossom, who, by the time he left the Parsons School of Design and Robert Bourkeís Design Studio, could visualize a finished boat from only its plansóand draw the craft from any angle. Before Blossom was twenty, he had sailed under square rig aboard the brigantine Young America. Known for his complex, detailed compositions of ships at sea, Blossom combines his appreciation for the beauty and the menace of the sea with his love of maritime history and ship construction. Before Blossom paints a vessel, he is likely to study the shipís blueprint to learn about it hull design, length, tonnage and deck layout. Blossomís historically accurate ships and harbors are combined with color, light and composition to capture the mood of a voyage and convey the essence of the seafaring experience. At the age of twenty, he won a Gold Medal at the Society of Illustrators Scholarship Exhibition. His dual vocation of experiencing the sea and then painting both nautical history and some of the greatest modern places to sail, was truly launched. Blossom became both a charter member and an artist of the American Society of Marine Artists, serving as its president from 1983 to 1986. His awards include a Gold Medal from the National Academy of Western Art for his painting of ships in Monterey. Saluted as an undisputed master, Blossom has exhibited his art at the Gilcrease Museum, the Colorado Museum of History, the prestigious Prix de West Invitational and the Artists of America show. Blossom continues to achieve artistic honors including the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the 2001 Prix de West. Almost the only time he isnít painting is when he is sailing, visiting ports of call in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, the Bahamas, California and Washington state. Blossom, who recently spent a year sailing around the Caribbean with his wife and two sons says of his love, "Itís not a hobby, itís a way of life. When I look at the ocean, I get the same feeling pilots must get when they look to the sky."

 

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