Com­fort and Nos­tal­gia

American Art Collector - - Upcoming Show Preview - Ge­orge Bil­lis Gallery 525 W. 26th Street, Ground Floor • New York, NY 10001 • (212) 645-2621 • www.george­bil­lis.com

Ma­son jars were a part of Peggie Blizard’s ev­ery­day life grow­ing up in ru­ral North Carolina. In a new se­ries of works on view at Ge­orge Bil­lis Gallery, Blizard will fea­ture seven still lifes of flo­rals dis­played in the iconic ves­sels. Blizard says, “They bring to the work an el­e­ment of com­fort and nos­tal­gia, while at the same time ap­peal­ing to an in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated feel­ing for color and de­sign.”

Though the shape of the jars changes from piece to piece, and the flow­ers de­picted range from Ja­panese anemone to tulips, the paint­ings all con­tain the same core el­e­ments. Blizard ex­plains, “The jars are cen­tered in the panel with wa­ter cre­at­ing a line roughly through the let­ter­ing. The flow­ers ap­pear to be just tossed into the jars as if they are an af­ter­thought even though they are the fo­cus of the pic­ture and are care­fully ar­ranged.”

One of the spe­cific chal­lenges of these types of paint­ings is por­tray­ing the wa­ter re­al­is­ti­cally, and Blizard points out, “in fact, you can­not paint wa­ter

be­cause it is trans­par­ent. What you do paint are the re­flec­tions the wa­ter and glass to­gether cre­ate.”

Blizard counts among her in­flu­ences Ver­meer and his Dutch and Ger­man con­tem­po­raries, as well as the still lifes of Span­ish re­al­ist Luis Melén­dez. While striv­ing for re­al­is­tic paint­ings, Blizard of­ten asks her­self, “How do you make a work of art and not just an art­work? How do you in­fuse po­etry into what you are do­ing and give the work mean­ing and beauty?” She adds, “One of the things I try to achieve in my work is the cre­ation of a feel­ing of three di­men­sions through the ob­jects I paint, whether they are flow­ers or boxes or an­tique kitchen ap­pli­ances.”

Blizard’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion re­mains on view through July 7 at Ge­orge Bil­lis’ New York gallery.

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1

Rose of Sharon and Plum­bago,

oil on panel, 30 x 24"

2

Pink and Yel­low Pe­tu­nias,

24 x 18"

3

4

oil on panel,

Two Jars with Black Eyed Su­sans,

oil on panel, 30 x 40" Mex­i­can Sun­flower and Ja­panese Anemone,

oil on panel, 24 x 18"

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