Monday, June 14, 2010

Blossom Wins Prix De West!

Do you know how outstanding your (albeit west of the Mississippi river) maritme painting has to be to win the Prix De West? Christopher Blossom's Sunrise in the Golden Gate; Downeaster “Benjamin F. Packard" pulled that off this past weekend against a field of 110 artists who presented 346 paintings in Oklahoma City, OK.

The Prix de West art exhibition and sale, hosted by the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum, is America's premiere sprintime artshow. Each year at Prix de West, distinguished honors are selected by the Prix de West committee, the artists and buyers. The top honor is the Prix de West Purchase Award; the work chosen to be purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection. The artist receives the purchase price and a cash award of $5,000. Christopher Blossom was honored for the first time with the prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award medallion.

Sunrise in the Golden Gate; Downeaster “Benjamin F. Packard,” priced at $37,000 is a 24” x 38” oil on linen that catches the Benj. F. Packard sailing ship passing through the Golden Gate and into San Francisco Bay. Built in 1883, the Packard was a class of ship that represents the last of the large, wooden full-rigged ships.

Blossom follows a line of highly accomplished artists, including his grandfather, Earl, and father, David. He attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked in the Industrial Design Studio of Robert Bourke, where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints. It is experience that plays into every painting of watercraft. He has been participating in Prix de West for 21 years and is a multiple award winner. Blossom is a three-time recipient (2001, 2007 and 2008) of the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award—an honor voted upon by participating artists.

Chris, this is long over due and your friends here at the Workshop couldn't be prouder!

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