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The World War 2 Lavochkin Russian Fighters The Historic Braniff International Airways Jetliners The Solid-Colored Braniff International Airways Jetliners The Complete Historic Convairliner Aircraft II The Historic Americas Turboliners
The Complete Historic Convairliner Aircraft In Color The Early Boeing Jet Planes The WW2 British Bombers



The Rottweilers The Turnips



The Historic D Raceboat Equipment The Historic Northern US Class D Dog Outboard Raceboat Equipment, In Color, Of The 1950s - 1970s The Iraqi War Tanks The Patrol Vans

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Gregory Blackstock ©Garde Rail GallerySeattle artist Gregory Blackstock catalogues a wide range of subjects on varying sizes of paper. Using ink, pencil, marker, and crayola, freight trains to insects are laid out in neat rows and columns, each item annotated in near obsessive detail. Gregory's work is compelling and stands alone, but his story is equally as compelling, and adds another dimension to the work he has been creating since 1986.

Gregory is an autistic savant, and has overcome many of the limitations of autism, retiring in 2001 after "25 1/3" years of work as a pot washer at the Washington Athletic Club (WAC). Gregory exhibits many of the remarkable traits of the autistic savant; he speaks many languages, is an incredible mimic, and is able to recall events with uncanny precision. In 1986, he began to create his drawings for the WAC monthly newsletter, which each month would feature one of Gregory's new drawings.

It is without doubt in our minds that Gregory Blackstock would be an artist under any circumstance - his autism did not make him become an artist, nor is he an artist because of it. Still, autistics exhibit an inherent inability to show intimacy and intimate communication with those that are close to them and others. Through his art and his music, Gregory has effectively been able to combat this disability and to meet the challenge, with fantastic results.

Gregory is as passionate about his music as his drawing. He can be seen playing his accordion outside the Key Arena for Sonics and Thunderbirds games, and also outside the Opera House. Gregory has been drawing for most of his life - in 1966 the Seattle Times published one of Greg's drawings based on the TV series "Batman" of the 1960's. Now, his subjects range from state birds to state prisons, tools to WWII bombers, and mackerel to Boeing jet liners.

Gregory's drawings are often large, on several sheets of paper pieced together by Greg with tape and glue. Using pencil, crayon, ink and marker, Gregory depicts insects and baskets with incredible precision, straight lines and text executed without the aid of a straight rule. The detail is minute, shading impeccable.

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Blackstock's CollectionsBlackstock's Collections: The Drawings of An Artistic Savant, with forward by Dr. Darold Treffert, and introduction by Karen Light-Piña of Garde Rail Gallery.
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