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Gregory Blackstock


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 Collections
Blackstock'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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Mickey Mouse Club March
1985-2005
Illustrated cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11” x 17”
$1,700




Great Television Western Theme of Bronco Layne
c. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover plus 1 page of music on the other side
11” x 8.5
$1000




THE LITTLE SHOE MAKER
ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus additional 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,800




GREAT TELEVISION WESTERN THEME OF RAWHIDE
ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus additional 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,800




PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS MARCH
ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,700




BALLAD OF THE MOONCUSSERS
ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 1 page of music on reverse side
11 x 8.5 inches
$1,200




The Huts
Framed-28.5" x 45 3/4"
2013
graphite, crayon, ink, marker on paper
Permanent Collection de l'Art Brut




The Nutcrackers
2014
graphite, crayon, ink, marker on paper
35” x 13”
$3600




The Windmills
2014
graphite, crayon, ink, marker on paper
36” x 24”
$4800


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