Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions, Thomas Blackshear set about to
create a collection of figurines "that would portray the beauty,
elegance and dignity of African Americans". It is Blackshear's
dream that all Americans expand their lives spiritually, as he felt
his own life has expanded by his exposure to culture and art. It has
been this exposure that has broadened Thomas's goals, aspirations
and self awareness. He believes all people would experience this fulfillment
if they focused not on material possessions, but on the spiritual
wealth that is anchored in relationships.
The collection began as a vision coupled with tremendous talent and
faith, which became the essential ingredients Thomas Blackshear combined
when he joined with Willitts Designs to introduce Thomas Blackshear's
Ebony Visions in 1995. Thomas's multi-dimensional portraits of black
Americans was born, filled with timeless moments celebrating the richness
of relationships and the power of faith.
Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions collection is a master work of romantic
symbolism. As with his paintings, these sculptures demonstrate Blackshear's
incredible sense of design, unique eclectic style and extraordinary
mastery of color.
Blackshear's "Ebony Visions" depicts
a full range of emotions that are both powerful and at the same
time subtle. He
deliberately portrays his figures in a timeless setting in order
to transcend a specific time, place or culture. This unique collection
of limited edition figurines emphasize the beauty of the human
form and symbolize universal aspirations and ideals of human kind
depicted through images that reflect the unique characteristics
of the African American culture.
unique style, influenced by both Art Nouveau and African culture,
is appropriately termed Afro Nouveau.