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William Blake
Incredulity -American Civil War Soldier, After Caravaggio, Original Oil on Linen

2020

US$5,200

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Caravaggio painted "The Incredulity of St. Thomas" with Christ looking down as he pilots Thomas’ hand to his side. Not looking at Thomas or the others, but to his wound. He seems interested in the proof of his embodiment. He wants to know that this is real. He too, questions his body, his life and death. Reenactment is a material culture where the feel of authentic wool has transformative power. The closer you can recreate the “kit” of the authentic soldier the closer you are to that past. In the pursuit of touching the past there are questions- Is this real? Did this happen? Is this me? Is this us? The gesture of piloting a finger into the side represents these repetitive questions. - William Blake Known for his highly charged depictions of Civil War reenactments, William Blake’s powerful paintings show the recursive bodies of reenactors as they gesture across time. Participating in over 40 reenactment events, Blake currently interprets as the artist-correspondent Winslow Homer at these battle reenactments. He immerses himself in the materiality of his own obsession by constructing period clothes, camping on battlefields, and documenting the reenactment similar to Homer’s documentation of the authentic war. The figures in the paintings reverberate the past with respect and with a desire to educate, humble, and play. With each annual iteration of American Civil War reenactments, the reanimation of the past encourages a review of history and aids in its continuous revision. William Blake Incredulity oil on linen 40h x 30w in 101.60h x 76.20w cm WIL011 William Blake b. 1991, Oshkosh, WI Education 2018 MFA Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University 2014 BFA Painting, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign 2013 Glasgow School of Art Selected Exhibitions 2020 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL 2019 All of Us Curated by Eric Preisendanz, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 2018 A Grand Review, Tyler School of Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2017 Ocotillo Curated by Jonathan DeDecker, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2016 New American Paintings: Midwest Edition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL Continental Divide, Sidetracked Studio, Evanston, IL 2015 William Blake: Patinas from the American Civil War, Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL I Can't Breathe, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL Wall to Wall, Art Space, Chicago, IL 2014 Between the States, Figure One, Champaign, IL Flagg Extension Show, Flagg Gallery, Champaign, IL Figuration, Indi Go Gallery, Champaign, IL RAW, Indi Go Gallery, Champaign, IL 2D Exhibition, Link Gallery, Champaign, IL 2013 Upside Down, Left to Right, Figure One, Champaign, IL Second Year Painting Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland Awards 2018 Tyler School of Art Dean’s Grant 2017 7th Annual PleinAir Salon June/July 2015 Figurative Finalist, International Art Renewal Center Salon 2014 Florence M. House Scholarship, University of Illinois 2009 Young Emerging Artist Award, Washington University in St. Louis Residencies 2015 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship 2014 Berkshire Painting Residency

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    William Blake (1757 - 1827, British)
  • Creation Year
    2020
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
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    Seller: WIL0111stDibs: LU55435576452

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